Serge Gnabry arrives at TSG

Serge Gnabry has been one of the most sought-after players in this summer’s transfer window. The European U21 champion moved to record champions Bayern Munich and signed a three-year deal, but has secured a year on loan at TSG. Today was the 22-year-old’s first day at his new club.

Gnabry has joined up with the team at their training camp in Windischgarsten and will start to get to know his new teammates properly. He knows a few faces already, having played with Nadiem Amiri and Jeremy Toljan at the U21 European Championship in Poland, where they and Stefan Kuntz’s team triumphed to lift the trophy. The former Arsenal man also got his name on the scoresheet in the first group game against the Czech Republic. Gnabry had already been “speaking with Nadiem and Jeremy about TSG at the tournament and both had only positive words to say about the club. That was my reason for coming here.”

Success with Arsenal

Gnabry also played for the Gunners in the Premier League and the FA Cup, which Arsene Wenger’s side won two years on the trot. Moreover he made his international debut with the Germany national team as well as coming away from the Rio Olympics with a silver medal. Jeremy Toljan, Niklas Süle were also in the same squad.

Once the versatile forward had arrived, TSG director of football Alexander Rosen said of the new man, “Serge does not need to rush into anything once he arrives. We will then see how intensely he can train with the team. He played all the games at the U21 European Championship and therefore had to work extremely hard during the summer.” For that reason, is it still not clear if Gnabry will feature in the friendly against FC Genua on Saturday, 17:00 CEST. “It was Serge’s explicit wish to join the team here at our training camp,” added Rosen. “We want to integrate him into the squad here and show him all the things we are working on.”

Great excitement at loan to TSG

The transfer for the 22-year-old became official on Sunday, his birthday. “I was on holiday and was spending the day on a boat, when my agent called to say that everything had been confirmed with TSG. I was really excited to hear that.”

Gnabry, who made 27 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen last season and also scored eleven goals, “wants to continue his development at TSG and battle to gain as much game time as possible.” A crucial factor for his interest in TSG was “the work, that the coaching team and the squad did last season. That was impressive.” The new signing “is looking forward to the next few days with the team. I want to get to know the guys and just have fun.” That sounds like a good plan! 

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