Serge Gnabry was the next big thing at Arsenal after a fantastic start to the 13-14 season. However a knee injury in March hampered his progress and he was ruled out for the rest of the season. It’s only this week he has returned to full training.
Gnabry admits it has been ‘tough’ but says it’s been a great learning curve for a young player like him.
Serge told Arsenal player:
It’s the worst thing that can happen to you as a footballer but I think you have to learn from it. It requires great discipline to rest as much as you can and not do stuff that’s going to affect your health, so it’s in your mind to stay focused and keep going.
I’ve been out for more than six months now, and it isn’t easy seeing players out there enjoying football when you can’t run. You have to use it as a learning curve and try to get into the best shape for when you come back.
I’ve learnt a lot about my body – what exercises are good for me, what exercises are bad for me. When you watch games you sometimes see more than you do when you’re on the pitch, so I’ve learnt from that as well.
The German youth international says he remained optimistic throughout his rehabilitation
I try to stay positive most of the time. It’s part of our job. It’s not the best part but it’s there and I don’t think there’s a player who’s not been injured.
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I try to stay focused and motivate myself every day by saying keep going, you’ll get the result at the end of it. That’s what keeps me motivated.
You can’t help but wonder why it is that so many Arsenal players get injured at critical times of the season. But now that Serge has fully recovered let’s hope he returns to his best, stays fit and enjoys a fine season.