With all the talk about Theo Walcott’s uncertain future and what will happen in January, Arsenal fans will be wondering who will be brought in to replace the Winger, or be a back-up for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
However, Arsene Wenger needn’t look too far, as in the reserves he has a certain Serge Gnabry. The young German has continuously been impressing since his move from Stuttgart in 2011.
Gnabry was awarded player of the tournament at the 2010 Nike Cup and apparently turned down interest from Manchester City to sign for the Gunners. The German winger is already showing signs of developing into a quality player for the club. After signing last summer he scored six goals in just eight games for the Under 18s before being promoted to Neil Banfield’s reserves, scoring twice in six games.
Gnabry is built for power and has pace in abundance, having been a sprinter before concentrating on football. He is also devastating from long-range. He will looking to impress this term in a number of competitions; The NextGen series, the Under 19s and hopefully the Capital One Cup. It is in the latter where most Arsenal fans will get their first chance to see Gnabry in action. So highly regarded is the German youngster, that he has been selected as part of Arsene’s 25 man Champions League squad.
The 17-year-old is keen to impress this season and is targeting first-team appearances this term.
“The boss tells me that I have a good chance and I have to use it,” he said. “This season I hope to get some appearances in the Capital One Cup and even in the Premier League. I just have to try my best and hopefully train with them every day to develop myself.
“It was a huge step for me [to join Arsenal initially] but I was delighted. I am proud to be a Gunner and I am just trying to enjoy my time here at the Club, ” he added.
Serge Gnabry is no doubt a precocious talent and I believe he is at the perfect club to develop as a player. With the right guidance, he can become an important player for the club for year’s to come. The boy needs to concentrate on his football and impress this season, and if he can do so, he has a very bright future.