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Arsenal teenager could get World Cup chance

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Arsenal teenager Serge Gnabry could be fast-tracked at international level and be granted a place in the Germany squad for the World Cup next summer, according to national coach Joachim Löw.

Gnabry has, so far, represented his country up to under-19 level, scoring three goals in five appearances, but the 18-year-old could yet be afforded the opportunity to realise his dream in Brazil in 2014.

"The boy is really good. He has exceptional qualities," Löw told reporters.

"I'm still open [to him making the World Cup squad]. We have an eye on him."

Germany have just one more scheduled fixture before their World Cup preparations begin, with a friendly encounter against Chile in March, so Löw will have little time to analyse Gnabry before naming his squad for the tournament.

Gnabry is enjoying his breakthrough season having been a frequent feature of Arsene Wenger's first-team squad, and the forward has already made six appearances so far this term.

The German benefitted from the abdominal injury sustained by Theo Walcott, which has ruled him out since September, and Gnabry repaid his manager's faith with a goal in the defeat of Swansea.

Gnabry may, however, find his inclusion becoming somewhat more limited as the weeks progress, given Walcott's expected return when Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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