Gnabry has ‘big’ World Cup chance says boss


Arsene Wenger thinks Serge Gnabry has a big chance of making Germany’s World squad despite his comparative lack of top-flight experience.

The 18-year-old winger has only been used sporadically so far season but having impressed in starts against Swansea and Sp*rs and off the bench against Crystal Palace has consolidated his credentials as one of the Gunners hottest prospects.

Speaking ahead of Monday night’s game with Aston Villa the boss spoke in glowing terms about Gnabry, whom he awarded a new contract in October.

“We are looking at a guy who has good individual talent, he can go past people, is a good finisher and has a very good football brain with good vision.

“I am not afraid with him. I have shown that against Tottenham – it was a big game. He has convinced many people that he at least deserves another chance.

“He was influential in that game, and until now when I played him he has always had an impact on the game.”

“There is more than a small chance,” Wenger continued when asked if his teenage protégé might be selected by Joachim Loew this summer, “There’s a big chance.”

Having represented Germany at all ages up to under-19 level the prospect of him jumping to full-international status and playing on the biggest stage of them all would represent a serious acceleration in his circumstances.

That being said, young Gnabry is still eligible to play for Ivory Coast and that could play a factor for Loew who won’t want to let such a big talent slip through his fingers. It’ll be interesting to see how the Germans play it,  it’s not like they don’t already have an embarrassment of riches but surely they’re tempted to give him a shot in one of their four pre-Brazil friendlies.

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