Serge Gnabry Handed Iconic Number 7 Shirt at Bayern Munich

Robbie Copeland
Gnabry will have a new shirt number for the new season
Gnabry will have a new shirt number for the new season / Pool/Getty Images

Bayern Munich have rewarded Serge Gnabry's explosive form with a new shirt number, handing the former Arsenal winger the iconic No.7 shirt for 2020/21.

Gnabry joined Bayern from Werder Bremen in 2018, but has gone from strength to strength since returning from a loan spell at Hoffenheim ahead of the 2018/19 season. Last season, he was in exceptional form, and notched 37 goal involvements in 46 appearances on his side's way to a famous treble.

The No.7 shirt was unassigned last term, having been worn by the legendary Franck Ribery between 2007 and his departure for Fiorentina last summer.

"I'm really looking forward to wearing this shirt number in the future," Gnabry told the Bayern website. "Franck has always thrilled the fans - that motivates me all the more."

Bayern will be hoping Gnabry can continue to channel his inner Ribery, but he has a mighty bar to aim for. Ribery won nine Bundesliga titles in his time in Germany, though managed just one Champions League - a feat which has already been matched by his heir-apparent.

Gnabry scored nine goals in ten Champions League appearances last term on Bayern's way to lifting the trophy for a sixth time, as they joined Liverpool in third place for all-time European Cup wins.

Gnabry gets his hands on the Champions League trophy
Gnabry gets his hands on the Champions League trophy / MIGUEL A. LOPES/Getty Images

The No.7 shirt was most famously worn by Ribery, but it has also been worn by current Bayern manager Hansi Flick and chairman Karl-Heinz Rumenigge, who each wore the number throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Gnabry's form last season helped Bayern recover from a difficult start to storm to the Bundesliga title under Flick, and re-established their reputation as the best club side in the world when they conquered Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon last Sunday.

His new number is a symbol of the pivotal role he is expected to play going forward, as the Bavarians look to tighten their grip over German and European football.