There has not been a lot to grieve lately about for Arsenal fans as it seems to be going so well all round at the moment. New players are being brought in (Paulista’s on his way), there is a gradual ascent on the League table and the squad is getting back a bit more to optimum with German youngster, Serge Gnabry, now returning to full training.
The 19-year old had a very desolate 2014, much similar to that of Theo Walcott, in which he missed the majority of the 2013/2014 campaign, making only five starts though he netted his first Arsenal goal in that win over Swansea. He is so highly rated by Wenger as one to go far to become a top player and the manager is delighted to have him back, though he would need nearly a month to be fully in tune with first team duties.
“Gnabry is back in full training but he needs games in the under-21s because he’s been out for a very long time. He looks quite promising again physically, and fitness-wise he is okay.” Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal.com
That means he will not be available for the trip to Brighton but it comes as good news for the depth and strength of the squad for the remainder of the season’s challenges that Gnabry comes back to add to the attacking strength of the team.
He has mostly been used on the right side of the forward three – in the Walcott role – but Wenger has often suggested that he could one day become a central midfielder, a Number 10 in other words. He is a player that has been personally watched at the Emirates by German coach Joachim Loew and it is just unfortunate that his injury came at a time last season when Arsenal could really do with his pace down the flanks.
It has seemed compulsory that Arsenal’s youngsters, over the years, have to undergo a terrible injury spell which tend to rock them like boats till their twenties and given Gnabry had not exactly become a first team hitman, it will be hoped that this long injury spell would not have left a dent on his potential for the future.
Walcott, Ramsey and Wilshere have all had these 10 – 14 month periods when they’ve been completely out of the team and where they have comeback strongly to still impress on the team, one may want to fear if Gnabry would stay clear of the fate that has befallen Diaby.
Hopefully, a long-term solution will be found to these kinds of situations especially as it affects the youngsters at the early stages of their developments. Hector Bellerin is another bright young player who looks set for a great Arsenal career and we hope he will not have to be curtailed by injuries. The manager says he’s bearing a ankle strain at the moment but should shake it off before the Sunday Cup tie.
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