Gunners land teenage playmaker

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Arsenal have agreed a deal with Stuttgart to sign teenage starlet Serge Gnabry.

The coveted attacking midfielder enjoyed a successful ten-day trial for the north London club, impressing for Arsenal in two behind-closed-doors U18 friendlies.

A goal in the second match against Birmingham City gave the watching youth staff a glimpse of the player's ability, with the Gunners quick to negotiate a deal with the Bundesliga outfit.

Young Guns reports that an agreement has been reached between the two parties, with Arsene Wenger's side expected to pay in the region of £100,000 in compensation as they add to their academy ranks.

Gnabry will complete the switch in July 2011 after his 16th birthday, although the youngster is expected to start training with the club in January in a bid to get used to the playing conditions in England ahead of the move.

Arsenal academy chief Liam Brady is thought to have been impressed by the skills presented by a player who can also play on the right hand side of midfield.

The talented 15-year-old is yet to decide if he represents Germany or the Ivory Coast at international level, but Arsenal have beaten off any club competition that they might have faced for the signature.

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