Can Gnabry have a better first full season than Walcott?

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Serge Gnabry has just signed a new five-year contract with Arsenal worth £20,000 per week.

The young German has been thrust into the spotlight at Arsenal this season and he can now focus on becoming the primary winger for the club over the next few years.

Gnabry has shown great potential on the right hand side of midfield, good talent and a maturity beyond his years which allows him to play effectively alongside some of the clubs proven players.

It will be interesting to see if Gnabry can push on and compete with both Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski who are both closing in on returns to fitness and players who will be ahead of him in the pecking order to start games.

A personal aim for Gnabry could be to try and have a better first full season in the senior side, than Walcott managed in the 2006/2007 season, shortly after he’d signed for the Gunners from Arsenal.

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In that season Walcott made five starts for the club and 11 appearances off the bench, not managing to register a goal but producing three assists as he looked to establish himself at the club.

Gnabry certainly has a long way to go in terms of appearances with two starts and one sub appearance off the bench this season.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t been given much choice in using Gnabry this season due to injuries but it’s encouraging to see that he’s given his manager a problem, because he’s been effective in games which will keep him on the fringe of the first team picture.

Gnabry bagged a goal at Swansea City in a very effective performance for the club and his other performances this season suggest he should make plenty of squads.

It’s then a case of trying to do what Walcott was trying to do during that 2006/2007 season; making it as difficult as possible for Wenger not to start him in the following game.

He needs to feature in another 13 Premier League games this season to match Walcott’s appearance record in his first full season at the club and the early indications are good.

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The only thing that will stop him from having a better first full season at Arsenal than Walcott, is ironically Walcott himself and the strength of Arsenal’s midfield at the moment.

Gnabry and Arsenal should be two very happy parties right now and if the German goes all out to try and out perform Walcott, that’s something which can only benefit the club.

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