£100k bargain shines for Arsenal - More key passes than rest of team put together

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Arsenal attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry produced an excellent display for Arsenal during their 2-0 FA Cup victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur

Signed for VfB Stuttgart as a 16-year-old back in 2010, Serge Gnabry has gradually progressed through the Arsenal youth teams and now is knocking on the door for a starting place in Arsenal’s first team XI

The 5ft 8inch attacking midfielder was signed for as little as £100,000 and now has a pricetag of at least 50 times that amount. The forward thinking player was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and an Ivorian father, and has gone on to represent the German youth teams starting at U-16 level and this season playing with the U-19’s.

Gnabry made his professional Arsenal debut in September 2012 in the Carling Cup and soon went on to represent the Gunners in the league and the Champions League. This season, the young Gunner has made two Premier League starts, the first a 3-1 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.

Gnabry’s second game was more memorable as he scored his first ever professional goal for Arsene Wenger’s men, slotting home in a 2-1 away win at Swansea City. His reward was to be nominated for the Golden Boy award and consequently earned himself a new 5-year deal for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s confidence in the youngster reached an all-time high as Gnabry was entrusted with a starting position in Arsenal’s FA Cup 3rd round tie with Tottenham Hotspur. The young Gunner certainly made his mark, producing an attacking display full of endeavor.

Arsenal’s number 44 made two successful dribbles, played more key passes than the rest of the team put together, had one shot and assisted the first goal, laying a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Santi Cazorla. Gnabry additionally showed calmness in possession, controlling the ball with ease, completing 87% of his intended passes and deservedly picking up the man of the match award.

The only disappointment for Arsene Wenger after the game was the injury to Theo Walcott. With Giroud and Bendtner already out, his forward options are becoming decreasingly thin. However, with performances such as these, at least the Frenchman can always count on the German to come in and fill the void left to an incredibly high standard.

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