Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has been a revelation at Bayern Munich.
The German winger managed just one goal in 10 appearances for the Gunners first team as he failed to make the step up to Premier League action.
He also had an unsuccessful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion before rebuilding his career with Werder Bremen to earn a Bayern Munich move.
Gnabry stunned Arsenal’s rivals, Tottenham, on his return to north London earlier this year with a stunning Champions League hat-trick before also haunting Chelsea in the knockout stages.
And his former team-mate at Arsenal, fellow German Lukas Podolski, believes injuries got in the way of his success at the Emirates.
He has revealed Gnabry impressed at training but struggled for confidence under Arsene Wenger before finding the right formula to convert his pace and power into on-field production at Bayern.
Podolski told FourFourTwo magazine: "He was unlucky and had a few injuries. He did well in training.
“Off the pitch we spent a lot of time together, going for dinner.
“But sometimes football is like that, or you find a manager who gives you more confidence.
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“Serge can shoot with both feet, and he is powerful and quick – a bit like me, only I don’t have a right foot like him!
“I’m really pleased that he’s doing well at Bayern.”
Back in February, former manager Arsene Wenger gave his take on why Gnabry failed to make the grade at Arsenal.
“He has no real limitations it’s more how much does he want to suffer,” Wenger said whilst covering Bayern Munich vs Chelsea on beIN Sports.
“Because he has pace, power, technical ability, he’s very intelligent, sometimes he looks for the easy way in football. That’s what was his problem. He lacked a bit.”
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