Serge Gnabry has paid tribute to Arsenal after hitting a hat-trick on his full debut for Germany int heir 8-0 World Cup qualifying win over San Marino.
The youngster left the Gunners for Werder Bremen in the summer and has already bagged four Bundesliga goals for his new club – making him their top scorer.
While his performance against San Marino left many Arsenal fans wondering ‘what if’ – Gnabry has taken time to pay tribute to Arsene Wenger’s side.
“Without being in England, I would not be the player I am now,” he said via Standard Sport. “There was Arsenal’s quick playing style, for example, which I learned.
“When you are a young player and you get to train with such top players as there are at Arsenal for three years then of course you take something away with you and it improves you.
“That was definitely the case with me. I probably would not be here now if I had not been in England.”
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Gnabry also admitted that when he first got the call from Joachim Low he thought it was a joke with the Germany coach having named a more experimental squad in order to give players such as Mesut Ozil, a rest over the international break.
“The coach called me and I had to consider for a while whether it was real or not,” he added.
“There have been a lot of these fake calls on the radio and I just didn’t want to be the next victim!”
While Arsenal fans will appreciate Gnabry’s words his eye-catching recent performances will only increase the disappointment that he was allowed to leave the club.