Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry declared that “London [is] still red” after putting Chelsea to the sword on Tuesday night in the capital. The German winger scored twice in a 3-0 demolition at Stamford Bridge which leaves Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals paper-thin.
The Blues are the second London side to fall under Gnabry’s spell in the competition this season, with the 24-year-old scoring four goals in Bayern’s 7-2 battering of Tottenham in October.
And Gnabry, who spent the first four years of his professional career at Arsenal, took great pleasure in downing another one of his old club’s rivals.
Posting four pictures of his celebrations on social media, Gnabry wrote: “London [is] still red.. #FCB.”
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin delighted in his pal’s trolling, responding on Instagram: “HAHA I LOVE YOU.”
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Former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere also piled in with: “Stopppp it [fire emoji, love eyes emoji].”
Gnabry opened the scoring on Tuesday night after a precise one-two with Robert Lewandowski allowed him to pass into an open net.
Just four minutes later Bayern’s No 23 linked up with his Polish strike partner again to slide past Willy Caballero from 12 yards.
Olivier Giroud, who in contrast had a toothless night leading Chelsea’s attack, also played with Gnabry at Arsenal and praised his former team-mate.
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“At 16, he was not mature enough but obviously at 16 nobody is,” Giroud said.
“But the way he improved is amazing and he is doing so well since the last two or three years now.
“I’m happy for him because he deserves it and he’s a good guy who has worked a lot.
“He’s been very good tonight also, so it’s good for him and we need to bounce back on Saturday.”
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Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also reflected on Gnabry’s development and how his attitude held him back in the past.
“This guy has no real limitations,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “It’s more about how much does he want to suffer?
“He has pace, power, technical ability, he is very intelligent but sometimes he looks for the easy way. That was his problem.
“I sent him to West Brom and it didn’t work out at all. In fairness, I think we had an agreement with him and Bayern stole him away from Bremen.
“He is a good player. He has individual ability and collective ability.”
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