‘Take a bow son!’: Fans go mad for Serge Gnabry as former Arsenal man scores stunner for Germany in thrilling win over Holland
- Serge Gnabry helped Germany to victory over rivals Holland in Amsterdam
- The forward scored a sublime goal to double his side’s lead in the first half
- Fans couldn’t believe it was the same player who once played for Arsenal
- Compliments poured in online, while Germany themselves also got involved
Football fans across the globe voiced their affection for former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry on Sunday night after the fleet-footed winger rifled home a sublime effort for Germany against Holland.
The 23-year-old is often widely remembered for his underwhelming and brief stint in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger, but after returning to his native Germany Gnabry has hit new levels.
This was showcased on the international stage during Germany’s Euro 2020 qualification clash with Holland in Amsterdam, during which Gnabry doubled the lead in sublime style.
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Serge Gnabry received the ball from a deep, lofted pass and ran at Holland’s Virgil van Dijk
The former Arsenal man dropped his shoulder to cut inside to the centre of the area
As Holland players swarmed in, Gnabry lashed his foot through the ball and produced magic
Following an early strike from Leroy Sane, Gnabry turned on the style by latching onto a lofted through-ball and taking on none other than the brick wall that is Virgil van Dijk.
Keeping the Liverpool man at bay, Gnabry jinked inside to take up a more central position in the area before curling his foot through the ball and conjuring an effort of both placement and venom.
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was left with no chance between the sticks, and launched himself into full stretch only for the ball to nestle in the top corner.
As the ball rippled the back of the net, social media instantly became awash with fan reactions.
Many could not believe their eyes that the player they were once far from enthralled by at the Emirates had produced such a piece of magic.
‘Gnabry, take a bow son!’ wrote one fan, while another labelled the effort ‘a thing of beauty.’
The German national team themselves got in on the act, replying to a fan who had referred to Gnabry’s effort as ‘dirt,’ with positive connotations intended.
Gnabry is now showing his talent for both his club and his country on the grandest of stages
The 23-year-old is now unrecognisable from the player who briefly featured at Arsenal
‘That fancy store-bought dirt, that stuff is loaded with nutrients,’ replied the Germany Twitter account, keen to join in the fun following their second goal.
Holland went on to pull themselves back into the tie after emerging for the second half with a new lease of life.
Goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay levelled the scoreline, and gave the Dutch hope of turning the game on its head.
A late strike from Nico Schulz broke hearts in Amsterdam however, as Germany left with a last-gasp 3-2 victory with an assist provided by super sub Marco Reus.