After being sidelined with a long-term knee injury, Serge Gnabry has been slowing returning to action with the u21s with the aim of joining the first team in the new season.
The German winger scored his third goal in eight appearances against Wolverhampton Wanders in the u21 Premier League this week, proving once again his inarguable talent and his ability to bounce back from injuries. He also grabbed two assists in their 4-0 win on Monday.
Although the 19-year-old is due to appear for Germany in the u21 European Championship over the summer, he is also eyeing his place in the Arsenal starting 11 and wants to travel with us on our pre-season tour.
“I’m hoping to make an impact in pre-season to get the manager to see that I’m back on track again,” he said. “I’m hoping that this pre-season goes well for me and that I can establish myself. Pre-season is there for everyone to show what they’ve got. It’s the start of the season so everything is new. I’m hoping to make an impression.”
The winger also mentioned his dream of cementing himself within the first team again, saying, “I guess I’ll be going away with the first team but I’ve got the Under-21 European Championship with Germany first so I’ll see what happens after that. I came here with the dream to play for Arsenal’s first team and I did that before my injury. I’m hoping to get back to playing for the first team next season.”
Gnabry was making leaps and bounds in the first team before his injury last March and therefore, it stands to reason that he could do this again, despite his young age. He definitely a prospect, that’s for sure.