Serge Gnabry has fantastic opportunity - Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on Serge Gnabry to stake his claim for a first-team place after making his full Premier League debut against Stoke City on Sunday.

The 18-year-old was not expected to start against the Potters, but an injury to Theo Walcott saw him start on the right flank.

The young German did not look out of place and is now expected to start in the Gunners' forthcoming matches while England international Walcott undergoes surgery on his abdomen.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for him," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "He can play right or left or even behind the striker. He can even play as a striker. I believe against Stoke what I liked in his game is that he grew through the game, he became better and better.

"He was a bit timid in the first half but in the second half he made some good interceptions, some good passes and some good first touches that I liked."

Wenger was full of praise for the developing winger, but believes he must show an increase in confidence to make the most of his current ability.

"He has the quality to be creative because he can dribble, he can run with the ball, he can be a good passer and he is a great finisher," the Frenchman added. "On that front, once the confidence level [rises] he will be alright. His physical qualities, his technical qualities are at the requested level."

Arsenal, who currently sit top of the Premier League with 12 points from their opening five matches, travel to Swansea City on Saturday evening.

But before that, on Wednesday night, the Gunners face West Brom in the Capital One Cup third round.

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