Arsène Wenger believes Serge Gnabry’s long-term future is through the middle - but says he has the raw ingredients to play on the flank as well.

The Germany youth international has impressed when given his chance on the right wing, and scored his first senior goal at Swansea City in September.

While Wenger feels the 18-year-old could play anywhere across the frontline, he says he is best suited out wide for the time being.

“I'm convinced he has the pace, the dribbling capacity and the physical potential to play wide and these kind of players are very important in the modern game,” the manager said.

“Of course he will certainly end up in a few years centrally because he can give a final ball as well. But we have congestion there, with many players who can play centrally.

“I have pushed many times people like Wilshere, Rosicky and Cazorla to play wide because it's an important position as well on a strategic point of view.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 17 Jan 2014