At the start of the season few would have predicted the emergence of Serge Gnabry but recently he has managed to stamp his name onto the Arsenal team sheet.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany to an Ivorian father Gnabry made his switch to Premier League outfit Arsenal at just 16.
Now 18, he has represented his national team (Germany) at under-16,17,18 and 19 level, scoring 10 goals in 24 appearances in the process.
It is only this season that he has made his way in to the limelight, making a string of competent performances in one of the toughest leagues in the world, most important of those being in the recent third round FA Cup clash with Tottenham.
Arsenal won 2-0 against a strained Spurs side that were for the most part the architects of their own downfall. A sloppy error from Danny Rose handed the game to the Gunners. But Gnabry did have an extremely influential role in Santi Cazorla’s goal, opening the path with his quick feet and vision and did the same throughout the game particularly picking out the runs of Theo Walcott.
It is with matches like these under his belt that it is no wonder he is gaining his fair share of plaudits. If he can keep up with Spurs at 18, just think what he can do at 25.
But we are getting carried away, he still only has a handful of Premier League appearances to his name and will really need to prove he can perform week in week out against the best; something he will be extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to do.
Finally we must come to Gnabry’s future international career. Rumour has it he could be a surprise wild card call up to Germany’s World Cup squad.
Germany have their pick of some of the finest attacking midfield talent in the world with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Mario Goetze, surely Gnabry couldn't touch them?
Well this is probably the case, however, the homeland of his father, the Ivory Coast will soon come calling with prospects of regular game time.
If Germany want to benefit from Serge’s prosperous future they will need to play him competitively soon, the first opportunity is the World Cup. I wouldn't expect to see him conquer the world’s best though.
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