Serge Gnabry seems to be the latest teenager sensation hot off the production line at Arsenal as he heads for the first team opportunities. Gnabry, despite only recently turning 18 years old has already featured lots for the Gunners, in what has been a special season so far and he looks to continue to rack up the appearances in the near future at least.
Mainly because of injuries to the majority of Arsenal’s main wide men, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski, this season has allowed the young teenage German to progress from the reserves to the first team in a matter of weeks. Gnabry played two consecutive games in a row against Spurs and then Villa and he impressed equally on both occasions, with the media pundits especially pleased with his performances.
Wenger stated he had an outside chance of making the 2014 World Cup squad with Germany and although I think this may be a little far-fetched, it seemed as if the influential BFG wanted to get his say in on Gnabry when he sat down with those from Arsenal Player.
Mertesacker said, “He always takes his opportunity to make a great impact and that’s what we need. I’m very pleased for him and for our team that his contribution to us, at his age, is absolutely amazing this season. He came in against Swansea, did a good job and scored the first goal. When I see him every day in training you can see that someone is coming but we try to keep him calm and he takes it really seriously. He’s got a big chance to achieve something and be a regular player at this club so he needs to be patient. Sometimes there will be little setbacks when all of the other players are coming back. But I think how he has done and how he reacted to different situations has always been good.”
Mertesacker has become a fan favourite in recent times and Serge Gnabry certainly has the potential to have the same impact both on and off the pitch for the Gunners. Per has stepped up his performances and increased his ability and professionalism under the Gunners and hopefully Gnabry can do the same. With Walcott out once again and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only just returning to the squad, there is a lot of pressure on Wenger to buy this January, to the extent that many fans believe there is room for another German amongst the first team in Julian Draxler, but could the position be filled with under 20’s German international star Serge Gnabry?