Theo Walcott’s contract wrangling’s have been a slight sour note on Arsenal’s excellent start to the current campaign. While it has taken a while for a whole new attacking set-up to blend efficiently enough to score goals they have been defensively solid and the form of Gervinho in particular sees Theo Walcott watching on from the side-lines as he contemplates whether he will play for Liverpool, Juventus or whoever next season.
The reaction from the majority of Arsenal fans is one almost of dismissal at the moment, perhaps heightened by their euphoria at a positive start after last season’s disastrous opening. Not to mention the return to form and fitness for Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere’s baby steps back into first team action.
They may be right, as Walcott has not achieved the very high expectations first predicted for him and while he falters the aforementioned Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrive on his employment indecision.
Yet there is better news for Gunner’s fans as waiting in the wings there is a young man who could turn out to be even superior to the 23-year-old England international. 17-year-old German Serge Gnabry has been causing a real stir in the youth team since arriving from Stuttgart in 2011.
He starred for the German side at the 2010 Nike Cup winning player of the tournament and turned down the advances of Manchester City to sign with the North London club and by all accounts he is a terrifyingly talented young man.
A promising sprinter as a youngster his pace is obvious, blistering some might say and youth defenders across the country have been left tasting his dust for the past year. Not only is he fast but a potent finisher to boot, admitting it is an area of his game he has practiced a lot since he decided to quit athletics and focus on football full-time.
If he continues to develop to the predicted correlation Arsenal fans will soon be singing his name from The Emirates.
Here is just a general collection of his talents; it will be exciting to see him playing in the League Cup, hopefully this season…
Chim chim cher-eee indeed
What do you think of Serge Gnabry’s potential?