Serge Gnabry has revealed his delight after playing a vital role in Arsenal's 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham in his first taste of derby day.
The German winger set up Santi Cazorla's opening goal with a sliderule pass and contributed six key passes overall as he led his side to a comprehensive victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Gnabry has been on the fringes of the Gunners' first-team setup and has had to wait patiently for his chance but seized it on Saturday, taking the game to Tottenham's weary-looking backline and, while generally happy with his display, the youngster insists he has plenty more to offer.
He also refuted the idea that he could not work in the same team as Theo Walcott, with the England winger perceived in some quarters as being in the way of the youngster's route to the first team.
But the German believes the duo can link up well together.
"I have learned a lot from Theo Walcott," Gnabry told Arsenal.com's Matchday Show
"We both are intelligent players and we know what the other will do."
He added: "I think that as well I've done, I can always do better.
"I always want to win against Tottenham. I feel great to have put in a good performance to help the team to win."
Having scored against Swansea at the back end of September in his side's 2-1 win, Gnabry has found opportunities of forcing his way into the starting XI few and far between but has knuckled down and worked hard to convince manager Arsene Wenger of his worth.
Mikel Arteta has described the 18-year-old as "like a little boxer" and the faith shown by Wenger in starting his prodigy in one of the biggest games on the Gunners' calendar is something Gnabry appeared to embrace.
When quizzed on the importance of the contest, Gnabry said: "Of course you are more motivated [against them] than to play against any other team in the Premier League and to win against Tottenham is a big thing for every Arsenal fan and every Arsenal player.
"It feels great as a young player to start in a game against Tottenham in a big derby - it's a great feeling. I just tried to do my best and help the team to win."
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