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Monday 28 October 2013

Gnabry signs long-term deal with Arsenal

Germany youth international signs new long-term deal after impressive showings for Gunners

  • Serge Gnabry made a telling contribution to Arsenal's victory over Crystal Palace

Forward Serge Gnabry has committed his future to Arsenal after signing a new long-term contract with the club

The 18-year old Germany youth international has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in the Gunners' ranks, and recent first-team displays have convinced the the north London club to keep hold of their quick-silver forward.

"He has technical ability, he has power, he has pace, he has finishing quality and he can give a final ball – I believe he will be a great player for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger

Gnabry scored his first senior goal for the club in their 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in September just a week after making his full Premier League debut against Stoke City, and the teenager has continued to impress with his raw pace and technical skill.

"We signed Serge Gnabry because I believe that he will be a great player," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club's website. "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."

Gnabry quickly made the step up to senior level last season, becoming the second youngest Arsenal player after Jack Wilshere to appear in both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

He has made three top-flight appearances this season and made a key contribution to the League leaders' 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday after coming on as substitute.

"Arsenal is a great football club and I'm so happy to be here and sign a new contract," said Gnabry. "For me, now it’s all about working hard and developing my game.

"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."

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Key Points

  • Serge Gnabry signs new deal with Arsenal
  • 18-year-old has impressed since graduating to the Gunners first team
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes forward will become a "great player"