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Serge Gnabry, the up-and-coming German at Arsenal, signed a new long-term contract extension with the club.

Gnabry’s stocks are rising as the player has gone almost straight from the pitch to Arsène Wenger’s office to sign a new long-term contract with his employer Arsenal.

Sure, it wasn’t that quick but just two days ago the young forward from Stuttgart, Germany shined in the match against Crystal Palace, which Arsenal won 0-2.

As we reported earlier Gnabry made a big impression, winning an early second half penalty and provided almost an assist, a key pass for an Aaron Ramsey shot, but it was saved by Eagles’ keeper Julian Speroni.

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Now, just one year after signing his first professional contract with Arsenal, the London side announced the long-term extension. Terms were undisclosed.

Arsène Wenger said about the future of the young prospect: 'We signed Serge Gnabry because I believe that he will be a great player. He’s nearly there now, and competes for a regular place in the team in the Premier League.

'He has technical ability, he has power, he has pace, he has finishing quality and he can give a final ball. He’s a powerful offensive player and I believe that he will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club.'

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Gnabry is happy too but insists that he won’t rest on his laurels saying: 'For me, now it’s all about working hard and developing my game.'

He added: 'I've had some good opportunities recently in the first team, which has given me extra confidence, and this will only improve my game. I’m looking forward to giving my best for this club in the years to come.'

Serge Gnabry still has to prove that he is better then most of his colleagues on the attacking side of the field. The 18-year-old has to establish himself as a reliable option for Theo Walcott or Lukas Podolski when they are back healthy again.

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But this contract extension will give Gnabry extra confidence going into the competition.

Does it mean Lukas Podolski is on the trading block now, like Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported? We won’t go that far. It seems highly unlikely after Wenger praised Podolski last week in high fashion. Lukas Podolski is 'super talented' and has 'super power', Wenger said and added that he is able to score a goal from everywhere on the field.

But after all Podolski has to face the competition. Arsenal don’t spread around contract just for fun.

What is your opinion? Will Gnabry’s stocks continue to rise? And what does this mean for Lukas Podolski?

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