Serge Gnabry left Arsenal in 2016 after failing to make an impression in the Premier League but is now one of the world’s best attackers
Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry has said that Arsenal would be ‘the favourite’ if he decides to return to the Premier League during his career.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s finest wingers since joining the Bavarian outfit from Werder Bremen in 2017.
He left the Gunners for just £4.5 million the previous year after he was described as ‘not at the level’ of the Premier League by Tony Pulis while on loan at West Bromwich Albion.
“You always hear a little bit about it or people in the UK ask me about it,” he told CBS Sports. “It looks like it won’t stop, all I can say is I’m proud of the journey I’ve taken.
“To be a Champions League winner now when a couple of years back I was doubted is obviously a great thing for me.
“Of course after having struggled a lot it was difficult to pick myself up.
“The biggest thing is that self-confidence, that I knew what I was capable of. I never lost that.
“Obviously, you doubt it at some points but I never lost it.
“The second biggest point in that way is I was playing a lot, not having so many injuries, so many little things that kept me out of games.
“To just be consistent and being able to play every time, showing my performance helped me for the future. If I can play I can show what I can do.”
Despite this, Gnabry’s love for English football has not diminished and he has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League at some point during his career.
He spoke fondly of Arsenal, stating that they would be ‘the favourite’ choice in England, while admitting that his time in North London helped him to enjoy his six goals last season against the club’s cross-city rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.
“Because of my Arsenal history against Spurs you have a little bit more motivation,” he said.