Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry: I want to have an impact in pre-season

Serge Gnabry

The German attacker has struggled with fitness issues over the last 12 months but is determined to get back on track.

With the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, Arsenal have plenty of options in attacking midfield positions - with Serge Gnabry turning into something of a forgotten man.

The German winer broke through into the Gunners first team last season but has been on the sidelines over the last 12 months due to debilitating injuries.

With Gnabry back to fitness again and starting to play for the Arsenal under-21 side, the skilful youngster has admitted that he wants to make up for lost time.

The 20-year-old has identified pre-season as a chance to remind the world of his abilities, while he has confessed that he wants to feature regularly for Arsene Wenger’s side next season.

“I’m hoping to make an impact in pre-season to get the manager to see that I’m back on track again,” Gnabry told Arsenal.com.

“I’m hoping that this pre-season goes well for me and that I can establish myself.

“Pre-season is there for everyone to show what they’ve got. It’s the start of the season so everything is new. I’m hoping to make an impression.

“I guess I’ll be going away with the first team but I’ve got the Under-21 European Championship with Germany first so I’ll see what happens after that.

“I came here with the dream to play for Arsenal’s first team and I did that before my injury. I’m hoping to get back to playing for the first team next season.”

If Gnabry can get back to full fitness the young star could be as good as a new signing for the North London outfit.

With Theo Walcott’s future also unclear, the reemergence of Gnabry could well play a part in Wenger’s thinking over the England international.

Gunners fans will hope that their prodigious talent can have an injury-free pre-season and start next season firing and on form.

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