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Under-21s: Stoke v Arsenal - Preview

Serge Gnabry

A 17-year-old Serge Gnabry burst onto the scene on October 20, 2012, becoming the third-youngest Arsenal player to play in the Premier League.

Now, two years on, the German hopes to make a similar impact when he returns to first-team action.

Gnabry made 14 appearances last season but has not featured in Arsene Wenger’s side since sustaining a knee injury during an explosive substitute appearance against Bayern Munich in March.

The 19-year-old made his comeback last Friday, playing 59 minutes of Arsenal Under-21s’ goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers, and is set to feature for the young Gunners when they play Stoke City away on Saturday.

"I played an hour against Blackburn, so I’m ready whenever the coach decides I am"

Serge Gnabry

“I felt alright after the Blackburn game,” Gnabry told “It was a good chance to work on my fitness and get back into shape. I enjoyed playing again.

“I’ve been out for a long time so it felt amazing to finally get back out on the pitch. I’m enjoying playing my football and it’s good to get a game in. I’m very grateful to the club’s medical team and everyone who’s helped me to come back.

“As bad as missing games was, it was also good to watch a couple of games and analyse our team and the way they play. I’ve also learnt about discipline and looking after my body, which is my job.

“I’ve worked a lot on my strength and my fitness. I’m hoping to get back to my best and return to the first team soon. I played an hour against Blackburn, so I’m ready whenever the coach decides I am.”

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