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Arsenal tie down teen midfielder

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Arsenal's promising young forward, Serge Gnabry, has agreed a new long-term contract with the club.

The length of the 18-year-old's deal is believed to be five-years, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that Gnabry has a bright future in North London.

Gnabry arrived at Arsenal from VfB Stuttgart in 2010 and has since established himself as one of the club's brightest young prospects in the U21 side.

He impressed in the Gunners' run to the semi-finals of the NextGen Series last year and has scored twice in the UEFA Youth League this season - both coming in a 4-1 win away at Marseille.

This season Gnabry has broken through to the first team, making three Premier League appearances so far, scoring his first Premier League goal away at Swansea and winning a penalty against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Relishing playing alongside fellow countryman and creative midfielder Mesut Ozil for his club, the German has also netted twice this month for his national U19 team.

Gnabry is a strong, technical player who can be used in many attacking positions - through the middle, off the striker, or wide as he has been playing this season. His pace and intricate dribbling ability, along with his lethal finishing, are why Arsenal have been so keen to get him signed up.

The teenager is hoping to shrug off a small ankle injury in order to play against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup this evening at the Emirates Stadium, as he looks to continue his development fresh from his new contract agreement.

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