The 18 year old, who joined from Stuttgart in 2010, has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium this term with five outings and scored his first senior goal for the club in the 2-1 win at Swansea last month.
The new deal comes just over a year after he penned his first professional contract in the summer of 2012, after catching the eye in Arsenal’s under-18 side.
The German youth international admits he is delighted with the new deal as well as the opportunities that have already come his way at Arsenal.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
Arsenal is a great football club and I’m so happy to be here and sign a new contract. 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.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is backing the teenager to develop into a top player for the north London club in seasons to come. He said:
We signed Serge Gnabry because I believe that he will be a great player. He’s nearly there now, and competes for a regular place in the team in the Premier League.
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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 is the second youngest player ever to play for Arsenal in Europe, with only Jack Wilshere playing in the Champions League at a younger age than the German.
The youngster has made a great start to his senior career and slotted very well into the first team. He is playing a classic winger type role at Arsenal, hogging the flank, using his pace to get beyond the full back and run inside but also showing how competent he can be when he has to link up with the rest of the Gunners midfield.
With the likes of Walcott, Podolski and Chamberlain nearing full fitness, Gnabry may well find his chances slightly limited for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign. However, if injuries return to the side later in the season, the German will provide a more than able deputy.
I think he is still a couple of years away from achieving his true potential and getting the opportunity to play regularly will help him speed up his development. Hopefully he will have a great career at Arsenal.
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