Arsene Wenger could only look on in despair as his Arsenal team failed to make any inroads through the Norwich defence on Saturday evening, and with seven minutes to go the Frenchman decided to take off Ramsey and give a League debut to the young German Serge Gnabry to see if he could make a difference.
Although he only had little time to make an impression, Wenger was more than happy with his contribution to the team. “I think he’s one of the guys who was dangerous when he came on.” he said. “He was incisive,”
“He looked very interesting when he came on.”
Gnabry, along with Thomas Eisfeld, looks to be the next two academy graduates to have earned a place in the first team squad and can be expected to feature in all the Capital One Cup fixtures from now on or maybe even be brought into the first team if injuries continue to decimate the squad.
The Germany youth international had already been pinpointed by Wenger as a star prospect. Just a month ago the manager said: “Serge Gnabry is a great hope for the future, I rate him highly,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “If he continues his development, I think he could play in the first team this season. At the moment he needs to work and ensure he remains fit.
“He is in the category of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott – guys who have great power, great pace and good dribbling skills.
“He has goalscoring potential and good vision as well for the final ball. He can play centrally behind the striker or on the flanks.”
As it looks like this season could be another “experimental year” perhaps Wenger should just bite the bullet and bring these youngsters straight into the squad to prepare for another go at the title next season?