Before the season started, not many people expected Gnabry to make an appearance, but he’s started five Barclays Premier League games and made two substitute appearances in the UEFA Champions League. The German under-19 international has been used to fill the hole left by Theo Walcott.
Gnabry announced himself to the world with a goal in a 2-1 victory against Swansea City in a win that kept the North London club top of the table. The chicanery attacker was a handful for Swansea’s outside backs for 78 minutes. When provided with the opportunity, Gnabry cleverly carved up Ben Davies and Dwight Tiendalli with his pace and timely runs.
His ability to make timely runs was what freed him up for his only Premier League goal. The 18-year-old German lost his defender and was wide open inside the box when Aaron Ramsey picked him out with an inch-perfect pass. Arsenal’s number 44 finish was sublime. He slipped the ball neatly into the left corner of Michel Vorm’s goal.
Sagna and Gnabry have such great chemistry because of the Frenchman’s experience. Sagna knows when to stay back and when to make overlapping runs, which in part limits the number of errand passes made by Gnabry.
The young German is excellent in possession because of his ability to make short and precise passes. His intricate passing and movement also adds a new dimension to Arsenal’s lethal counter-attack. The German can use his speed and clinical skills to create space for his teammates. Despite not recording an assist this season, Gnabry’s vision also makes him a threat in Arsenal’s crippling offense.
As the Gunners march into the their last nine league games, Gnabry looks set to play a pivotal role after the injuries to an array of midfield talents. The young German looks set to be Wenger’s next big discovery and one of Germany’s future superstars.