Wenger - Gnabry is ready for first team

Arsene Wenger thinks Serge Gnabry is ready for the physical demands of top-flight football.

The young German winger made his first Premier League start last Sunday against Stoke City and played 120 minutes in the midweek Capital One Cup win over West Bromwich Albion.

"He is still a young boy but he shows that he has quality"

Arsene Wenger

And Wenger insists Gnabry has the technique and strength to cope with the challenge of the Premier League.

"To play in the Premier League today is very seldom for a young boy who is 17 years old," said Wenger. "But he has the body to cope with the duels and he is ready to do that.

"We have some other boys who have the technical quality to play in the Premier League but are not resistant enough yet to compete physically, but he [Gnabry] has that."

With Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all sidelined through injury, a door to the first team has opened for Gnabry and Wenger believes he is ready to step through it.

"It is a good opportunity for him. I haven't decided if I will start him tomorrow [at Swansea] but he of course has a good opportunity. He is still a young boy but he shows that he has quality."

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