The rise and rise of Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry has gone from a promising youth prospect to an established member of Arsenal's squad. More is certainly on its way.

Serge Gnabry has a bright future ahead of him. And everyone at Arsenal seems to know it.

Soon, the rest of the world will know it, though the 18-year-old's rise to prominence will develop gradually, with the Gunners' coaching staff managing his transition to the top with a significant degree of caution.

Gnabry's achievements so far, though, are thoroughly impressive for one so young.

Against Tottenham yesterday for example, the German looked every bit the experienced first team player. His assist for Santi Cazorla's opener was simple but effective, while some of the skills he produced when taking on Danny Rose down the right-hand side were nothing short of breathtaking.

Gnabry's performance was all the more impressive when you consider that he was turning out for Arsenal's NextGen side only a few months ago.

Of that young Gunners side, a wealth of names caught the eye, with Hector Bellerin, Thomas Eisfield and Chuba Akpom, amongst others, impressing. But it was Gnabry who stood out the most, dictating games against Europe's brightest stars.

Clearly, Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff took note. Even last season, the German had made his Champions League debut, coming off the bench against Schalke, while he also made appearances in the Carling Cup and Premier League.

Now, the 18-year-old has deputised brilliantly as Arsenal's right winger, having already scored in the league against Swansea and frequented the Gunners' bench more often than not.

His confidence in taking on those that might intimidate others is what seems to set Gnabry apart from the rest, resulting in the complete performance he produced against Spurs on Saturday.

There is no need for delusions of grandeur, of course, with the German only just beginning a journey that may or may not result in greatness.

So far, however, Gnabry has passed all tests with flying colours. And the brightest of futures looms.

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