Serge Gnabry says he’s feeling better and better after stepping up his return from injury with a second game inside a week for Arsenal’s under-21s.
The German winger lasted the distance in the 4-1 win over Stoke City last Tuesday and got another 90 minutes under his belt last night as Steve Gatting’s side were beaten at the Emirates by Reading.
While the result may not have gone his side’s way, the 19-year-old underlined that being fit to play was enough of a boon.
“I am feeling good, I’m feeling better and better. It is my second 90 minutes [in the space of a week], I am playing and over my injury so it is all good and I am looking forward to the next game.
“It is always nice to play here, there was also a decent crowd so I was very pleased to be at the stadium again.”
Given the range of attacking options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal it seems unlikely that Gnabry will be handed a first team start before the end of the current campaign, however, he could well rack up more minutes during the summer if he’s selected to represent Germany at the under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic.
It’s a prospect the attacker is looking forward to: “I have been away with the young national team for the past few weeks, which was a good experience with a good side so I am looking forward to the Euros so hopefully we can go there and win the title.”
Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby also continued their rehabilitation in the clash with the Royals. Encouraged by the contribution of all three first team members, coach Gatting reflected: “We came out with some good positives. Abou Diaby was excellent in the time he was on the pitch and Jack Wilshere was outstanding – the best player on the pitch by far.
“Serge Gnabry got through it for the second 90 minutes he’s played for us and it’s minutes on the pitch that will get their sharpness back.”
He added: “We’re delighted when we get the first-team players, they all do well for us and give us that experience, and the boys learn from it.”
The under-21s next travel to Middlesbrough on Monday as they continue their push for promotion.