By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger has hailed Serge Gnabry as “a great hope for the future” and admits he could play for Arsenal’s first team this season.

The 17-year-old moved to Emirates Stadium from Stuttgart last summer and has caught the eye with a series of superb performances at under-18 and under-21 level.

The Germany youth international is expected to feature against Coventry in the Capital One Cup third round on Wednesday, and Wenger says he is an exciting prospect.

Serge Gnabry is a great hope for the future, I rate him highly,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “If he continues his development, I think he could play in the first team this season. At the moment he needs to work and ensure he remains fit.

“He is in the category of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott - guys who have great power, great pace and good dribbling skills.

“He has goalscoring potential and good vision as well for the final ball. He can play centrally behind the striker or on the flanks.”

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