Both teenagers find themselves firmly in the first team picture at their respective clubs creating a contrast between two young players at huge institutions, simply trying to play football without making too many mistakes.
The key question is, which team has the better winger?
Arsenal’s Gnabry came into the side when Arsene Wenger had no other wide options with injuries to Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski.
He’s made two Premier League starts so far this season and grabbed his first senior Premier League goal in the win away at Swansea City.
United’s Januzaj has featured in one more match this season but two of his appearances have been off the bench, but he has managed one more goal, thanks to his brace against Sunderland last weekend.
Gnabry’s match stats from those two starts are superb; an 88.6% passing success rate, two tackles per game, 2.5 interceptions per game and two shots per game.
Compare that to Januzaj and the German teenager is ahead in every area other than shots with United’s young Belgian having one shot more per match on average.
Gnabry is also making more passes this season with 35 compared to 25 although Januzaj has been more prolific with long balls, switching the play from one flank to the other.
The way they have each been used by their sides is also very interesting.
Januzaj last weekend against Sunderland seemed to have a very free attacking role, as he popped up on both sides of the pitch frequently. That highlighted his skill and control in possession as he made several other top players look ordinary.
Gnabry seems to have been playing a more classic winger type role at Arsenal, hogging the flank, using his pace to get beyond the full back and run inside but also showing how competent he can be when he has to link up with the rest of Arsenal’s midfield.
There is nothing between the players when it comes to football outside the Premier League, in other competitions and youth team appearances for their clubs.
Januzaj has made four appearances outside the Premier League, with his best form coming in the Under-21 Premier League where he’s bagged one goal and produced two assists from three matches.
Gnabry has been subjected to a slightly higher calibre of youth team football in the Uefa Youth League and he bagged a brace in his only appearance in that competition so far.
Arsenal’s young German probably just has his nose in front.
Do you agree? Who do you think is the better player?
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