2022 World Cup: Serge Gnabry confident ahead of Qatar

Serge Gnabry radiated immense confidence ahead of the World Cup, having completed his transformation from “so-so player” to the superb striker he is today.

Gnabry was not included to Germany’s World Cup team after breaking into the squad two years previously.

At the start of Russia 2018, the brilliant offensive midfielder had just concluded a loan spell at Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich, but he would swiftly become an important component for both Die Roten and the national side.

Germany was eliminated from the World Cup group stage for the third time in four years ago, bringing in a period of transformation that clearly helped Gnabry.

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But Gnabry did not always appear to be on the verge of stardom. He failed to live up to early expectations at Arsenal and was sent on loan to West Brom, where manager Tony Pulis concluded the kid was not good enough to play consistently.

Gnabry is unsure how he turned his fortunes around so dramatically, but he is upbeat as Germany prepares to kick off their Qatar 2022 campaign against Japan on Wednesday.

Gnabry’s statement

“I don’t know, at some point, I managed to flip the switch from being a so-so player to becoming the Serge Gnabry that I want to be,” he told reporters at Germany’s training base on Sunday.

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“It’s always difficult to really pinpoint what the reasons were. Even if there’s a bit of a low, you keep working hard and maybe, as a player, you really give too much time and thought on why you haven’t scored this, why you haven’t done that.

“But really, when called upon [we need] to delete these negative thoughts, to delete any negativity from our heads and, of course, play well.

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“Making good assists and scoring lots of goals in the Bundesliga for Bayern, that has certainly helped and that helps us to approach the coming challenges with a great deal of self-confidence.

“So, I’m absolutely looking forward to the coming games and I hope that I can give my all, just as I have recently in the league.”

Gnabry’s stats so far this season

Gnabry’s form backs up his belief, as the 27-year-old has already contributed to 19 goals (10 scored, nine assists) in all competitions this season, a total only six other players in Europe’s top five leagues can match.

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