Mesut Ozil tips Arsenal youngster to shine next season

Mesut Ozil is expecting Serge Gnabry to enjoy a bright future at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil is fully expecting to see Serge Gnabry break into the Arsenal first team next season and says that he rates the German youngster highly.

Gnabry initially impressed for the north London side after making his first-team debut almost three years ago but the 20-year-old has since struggled for form and fitness.

However, despite failing to make an impact this season, Ozil believes that Gnabry has lots of potential, and is backing the German to follow in Alex Iwobi’s footsteps and break into the first team next term.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Ozil said: “When I consider their age and that they’ve come through at a club like Arsenal, I think they are on a good path. They prove themselves in training, they are good on the ball.

“Alex Iwobi has amazed me with the way he’s performed for the first team recently.

“Then there’s Serge Gnabry, who I like a lot as a player. He’s really robust, very determined and with a real will to win. I think they can really achieve a lot.”

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Ozil – who joined from Real Madrid in 2013 – was voted as Arsenal’s player of the season this week after a stellar campaign for the World Cup winner.

The Germany international notched up 19 Premier League assists for his team-mates but was unable to help the Gunners win the title as they watched Leicester City lift the trophy earlier this month.

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