Gnabry's displays make "next Cristiano Ronaldo" redundant

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The presence of Serge Gnabry should halt Arsenal's pursuit of Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his squad.

19-year-old Vadillo, who has been dubbed 'the next Cristiano Ronaldo', has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent times, and served to intensify the rumours when his agent Jose Maria Sanchez de Puerta admitted that, if his client had the choice of which club to sign for, he would pick the Gunners.

Yeah, he'd like Italy, being in a championship club with a lot of well-structured clubs, as well as of course he'd like England and Arsenal in particular." said Puerta.

Wenger has been linked with a number of attacking players throughout the season, but particularly after Theo Walcott suffered a season-ending injury earlier this month, and Vadillo was seen as an exciting prospect who could move to North London and join up with Wenger, a manager who has built much of his career on developing young players.

But rather than bring in another wide man, Wenger should continue to harness the potential of his existing young wingers, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but more importantly, Serge Gnabry, who has broken into the first team this season.

The 18-year-old German has shown in his limited playing time this season that he has the potential to be a star under Wenger, and has already attracted the interest of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund having been a nominee for the 2013 Golden Boy award.

Gnabry's talent has led to Wenger stating that the youngster could even play as a centre forward. This wouldn't be the first time that the Arsenal boss has converted a winger into a striker, with Thierry Henry becoming a Gunners great by doing that exact positional change.

"I'm convinced he has the pace, the dribbling capacity and the physical potential to play wide and these kind of players are very important in the modern game. Of course he will certainly end up in a few years centrally because he can give a final ball as well. But we have congestion there, with many players who can play centrally.”

It might be some time before Gnabry is given a chance up front, but firstly he should be allowed the opportunity to establish himself as an important winger in the team, and his recent displays suggest that, rather than pursue Vadillo, Wenger should keep playing Gnabry and spend his money elsewhere.

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