Bayern Munich and Germany goal machine Serge Gnabry has revealed his cooking celebration was inspired by NBA star James Harden.
When Gnabry scores for club or country he produces his trademark stir, which has led to questions about the origin of the celebration.
Five things to know about Gnabry’s career since leaving Arsenal…
- Gnabry left Arsenal for for Werder Bremen in 2016.
- A year later he joined Bayern Munich before spending time on loan at Hoffenheim.
- Arsene Wenger believes Bayern manipulated his Arsenal exit behind the scenes.
- The winger struggled for game time at Arsenal but is now a title-winning regular for Bayern and also Germany.
- Since the start of last season, he has scored 25 goals in 60 appearances for club and country.
Gnabry has had plenty of reason to celebrate of late, scoring four goals against Tottenham in the Champions League last week before finding the net in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Argentina on Wednesday.
His goal in fact saw him overtake Miroslav Klose as the fastest player to score 10 goals for the Germany national team. Gnabry managed to hit the milestone in just 11 games, two fewer than Die Mannschaft’s all-time leading goalscorer.
The former Arsenal forward revealed after the game that Houston Rockets star Harden gave him the idea for what to do after scoring.
“There’s a video on YouTube where he’s cooking after dropping, I think, a buzzer-beater and won the game,” Gnabry said. “So he was cooking, stirring it up, and that’s the celebration.”
“I think you can relate the celebration to him having a buzzer-beater or winning the game to us, as in football we don’t score as many points as they do in basketball.
“So I think there’s a resemblance and he’s a very good offensive player, I’m an offensive player so, I think so too.”
Gnabry also provided an assist against Argentina but Germany could not hold onto their two-goal lead.
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‘Bayern manipulated Gnabry move behind the scenes’
Gnabry’s excellent form has seen Arsenal come in for criticism after the Londoners seemingly allowed the winger to leave for Werder Bremen, from whom he joined Bayern.
But former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested Bayern manipulated the situation so that Gnabry would leave the Emirates.
Wenger said: “We tried to extend his contract for a very long time and I think that Bayern manipulated behind the scenes, that if he went to Bremen he would join Bayern after.
“He was always a very talented boy who lacked confidence in some stages, but we always thought we had a player who could achieve a lot.
“He came back from a very bad experience [on loan] at West Brom where his confidence was destroyed. I tried to rebuild him because I believed in him.”
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