Promoting Gnabry by KJ
The Walcott contract situation is dragging on now and even though I remain optimistic, we need to prepare ourselves for the worst. Walcott could potentially be sold in the January window, forcing Wenger to promote German wunderkind, Serge Gnabry.
He was bought from Stuttgart for about £100,000 in 2010. He was able to play during the 2011-2012 season for the club with the U-18s. Eventually, he was fast-tracked into the reserve side after massively impressing the staff at Arsenal football club. His ability was far beyond most at his age and deserved the dramatic step up after only a year at the club.
After that, during this year’s preseason he was moved into the first team squad for the match in Cologne. The actual season has started and he has stayed in the newly formed “U21” league. However, he has continued to impress as he develops.
I watched a bit of the U21 match that pitted Arsenal against Reading. This match included household names like Sagna, Wilshere and Santos (as well as familiar faces in Frimpong and Coquelin). Gnabry was very impressive. His movement and quick feet proved what a talent he is. He managed to score a nicely taken goal as well. All in all, he didn’t look out of place even with high octane names on the field.
The question is, is he ready for first team football? Potentially. Players like Sterling at Liverpool have made the first team debut already (even though that isn’t saying much with their standard of players). Sterling isn’t that much better than Gnabry (if at all). The German just needs the platform to show his football.
He’s already been promoted to cup football action (the first transition in the Arsenal development). If we manage to qualify top of the group in the Champions League with a game to spare, Gnabry has to feature in that game. It will be quality experience to face a team like Olympiacos away in their cauldron of a stadium.
I really like our young German and I believe he has the quality to be the next best player out of our academy after Wilshere. However, Wenger will know when it is right to promote him to the first team. He always does.