Arsène Wenger believes Serge Gnabry's performance "grew and grew" during Arsenal's 3-1 win over Stoke City.

The German youngster is expected to keep his place in the team for the Gunners' midweek trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup after making his full Premier League debut on Sunday.

He has the quality to be creative because he can dribble, he can run with the ball, he can be a good passer and he is a great finisher

Arsène Wenger

And with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain currently sidelined with injuries, Wenger thinks Gnabry has a big chance to hold down a place in the starting line-up.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for him," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "He can play right or left or even behind the striker. He can even play as a striker. I believe against Stoke what I liked in his game is that he grew through the game, he became better and better.

"He was a bit timid in the first half but in the second half he made some good interceptions, some good passes and some good first touches that I liked."

Gnabry starred for Arsenal Under-19s in their Youth League win over Marseille last Wednesday and Wenger thinks he has the ability to make it as a first-team player.

"He has the quality to be creative because he can dribble, he can run with the ball, he can be a good passer and he is a great finisher," said the manager.

"On that front, once the confidence level [rises] he will be alright. His physical qualities, his technical qualities are at the requested level."

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 Isaac Moore 24 Sep 2013