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Arsenal starlet turns down chance to star alongside Eboue and Gervinho

Serge Gnabry Nextgen

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry has turned down the opportunity to play for the Ivory Coast, pledging his allegiance to Germany instead.

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season, contributing to the Arsenal first-team in the absences of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, scoring once in the process.

Gnabry was born and raised in Germany, featuring for Stuttgart before his move to North London in 2011, and has represented Germany at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level so far in his career, and is being tipped to be a star of the future for Joachim Loew's men.

But the Ivory Coast tried to steal him away from the German's, as Gnabry's father Jean-Hermann is Ivorian. The offer of featuring alongside Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba was no doubt appealing – and of course ex-Arsenal players Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinhobut Gnabry has chosen to play for Germany.

Since I have played for the Germany youth teams, it is no question for me that I want to play for Germany by any means. I hope that I can make the leap into the first team,” Gnabry said.

The news will serve as a boost to Germany, who will be delighted that Gnabry shunned an offer to feature in the first team for a World Cup side now in order to make sure he is available for Germany when the time comes. Manager Loew has already made references to Gnabry's 'exceptional qualities', and the revelation that he will be available for selection will be music to Loew's ears.

An undervalued part of this will also be Arsene Wenger's reaction. The African Nations Cup takes place in January every other year starting, with the next one in 2015 when Gnabry could be an established part of the side. With the tournament being in the middle of the Premier League season, Wenger will be relieved that, should Gnabry fulfil his potential, he won't be heading off to Africa for a month instead of helping his Arsenal side in the Premier League.

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