Academy prospect Serge Gnarby - Theo Walcott's replacement?!

As Theo Walcott's future at Arsenal is in serious doubt after discussions over a new deal broke down, there are indications that if he goes, academy prospect Serge Gnabry, 17, will be fast-tracked into the senior squad.

Gnabry has arguably been the stand-out player for Arsenal at youth and reserve level this season and that is quite a feat considering his age, he's just 16.

“Pace, strength and an eye for goal saw Gnabry net six times in eight games for the Under-18s, including a sensational debut strike against Crystal Palace. And the attacking midfielder was able to replicate this fine form at reserve level, where he made six appearances and scored twice.”

Where did he come from?
The Germany youth international was signed on scholarship terms from his hometown club of VfB Stuttgart in 2011, and signed a first professional contract with the Gunners within a year.

Gnarby was a keen sprinter at school and regularly competed around Germany. He's previously claimed never to have lost a race.

Where does he play?

With such speed, Gnarby shines in the wide positions but is comfortable in an advanced midfield role, where his powerfully built frame proves to be a major asset.

How close is he to the first team?

Gnarby was invited by Wenger onto the pre-season training camp in his homeland and played 23 minutes of the win over Cologne. He was handed a chance after a debut season which saw him net six times in eight games for the Under 18s and twice more in six reserve team appearances.

In his own words

'I have a good shot. I practice my shooting a lot and if the shot is on because of the opening and the goalkeeper is positioned in a way where there is a chance, I am not afraid to shoot.'