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Serge Gnabry hails Wenger influence

November 4, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has said that Arsene Wenger was the main factor for him when he joined the Gunners. 

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Gnabry, 18, arrived at the Arsenal academy in 2011, leaving Stuttgart for 100,000 euros.

And after breaking into the Gunners’ first-team squad this season, the forward signed a new contract with the club in October -- keeping him at the Emirates until 2018. 

Earlier that month, Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic had hoped to lure Gnabry back home to the Bundesliga side.  

However, the youngster told kicker on Monday: “I feel great at the club and it soon became clear that I wanted to stay and see my future here. Thus I signed.”

Gnabry then went on to reveal the reason for his switch to English football two years ago.

“I knew that the manager [Wenger] banks on young players and I will get my chance here,” he said.

“He is really uncomplicated in day-to-day life. He talks a lot to me, and points me in the right direction. But what the future has in store for me is entirely up to me and how I present myself in training and during the games.” 

Gnabry wrote his name into Arsenal’s history books in September, scoring in the 2-1 victory at Swansea to become the second-youngest player to ever score for the Gunners -- behind Cesc Fabregas, who scored as a 17-year-old against Blackburn Rovers in August 2004.

“That is something special, and it delights me,” Gnabry said. “But I can’t only rest on that.”

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