How a 17-year-old Portuguese star could affect Serge Gnabry's future

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Benfica youngster Goncalo Guedes but his arrival could mean bad news for one teenager already in the first team squad.

Serge Gnabry has enjoyed a decent amount of first team football this season, helped partly due to injury as he’s shown he can play down either side of the midfield for Arsene Wenger.

Gnabry’s first team appearances have spanned 14 matches in all competitions with one goal and two assists so far this season.

At one point this season, he was even considered as having an outside chance of making the German World Cup squad by German tabloid newspaper Bild.

It’s obvious why Arsenal hold an apparent interest in Guedes because he’s an extremely talented 17-year-old Portuguese star who can play as a false number nine or as a winger.

He’s left sided, which would create the benefit of Wenger being able to move Lukas Podolski into a more central role, should Guedes develop to the point where he can play first team football on a consistent basis.

Guedes’ introduction from the Arsenal youth ranks and first team may be difficult for Gnabry to accept because it would threaten his own position in the side.

However, the German has risen to every challenge which has been placed in front of him by the club and he’s played well when he’s been pushed back down to the youth team in competitions such as the UEFA Youth League.

It’s arguable that Guedes could even make Gnabry a better player as the German is unlikely to start next season ahead of Theo Waclott, returning to full fitness or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Playing with and around similarly or more talented players should only help Gnabry to develop into a better player.

Arsene Wenger will jump all over any negative consequences he sees developing before they become a problem.

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