London - Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry has exceeded all expectations at
Bayern Munich this season with his blistering form, club president Uli
Hoeness has said.
Gnabry has notched up 12 goals and nine assists in all competitions,
establishing himself as the undisputed successor to the departing Arjen
Robben and leading Bayern's remarkable comeback in the Bundesliga title
Having signed for Bayern in 2017, Gnabry initially impressed on a
loan spell at Hoffenheim before coming back to prove himself in Munich
Bayern president Hoeness has admitted that the 23-year-old's fabulous form has caught many by surprise, even within the club.
"We thought 'let's get him back here and see if he can play in the
odd game'," said Hoeness in an interview with Kicker magazine on
"Now he is a first-team regular, is great fun to watch and is the biggest surprise of the season, in a positive sense."
Having emerged as an exciting young talent at Arsenal several years
ago, Gnabry's promising career appeared to have stalled when he left the
Gunners in 2016.
Yet he has flourished since then, going from strength to strength in
spells at Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and Bayern in the last three years.
He has scored eight goals since December, helping Bayern overturn
what was a nine-point deficit and overtake Borussia Dortmund at the top
of the table.
On Wednesday, he faces former club Bremen in the semi-finals of the
German Cup, as Bayern look to complete a fifth domestic double in this