Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Player Analysis: Serge Gnabry

By the Stats...
Average per 90 minutes: 4.8
Bonus Points: 2
Goals: 1
Assists: 1
Total Minutes: 375 (4.2 full games)

Owned by: 1.1%

Career to this Stage

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry aged 18, begun his youth career at VFB Stuttgart before Arsenal picked him up at the age of 16 for roughly 100,000 pounds. Last season he became the 3rd youngest Arsenal player to debut after the much heralded pair of Fabregas and Wilshere. He has the potential to be anything and that belief is widely held, with Borussia Dortmund keen to buy him in the summer. To add further proof of his undeniable ability, he was recently nominated for the European Golden Boy an award to the best player under the age of 21 within Europe. His body does not agree with his birth certificate, being one of the strongest members of the group suggesting he’ll be an absolute powerhouse of strength in years to come. Having signed a 5 year contract in October, Gnabry is settled in the Arsenal team and will look to improve and further Arsenal's scoring record as he looks to take over from where Theo Walcott left off.

2013/14 Season

Gnabry has been in and out of the side this season. He got his first minutes in GW5, immediately following Walcott's first injury of the season. He played the following week against Swansea where he managed a goal and 10 FPL points. He picked up a slight knock not soon after and had a barren spell where Wenger did not give him many minutes, opting to keep the regulars in whilst the form was so strong. Unfortunately Theo Walcott once again went down, this time with an ACL injury against Spurs in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and thus opened a spot for a wide attacking player to make his name. Enter Gnabry, who has started the last two games and shown a propensity to shoot unmatched by any Gunner around him. He is far from nailed on but at 4.2 in a team which does provide attacking potential on a weekly basis he certainly has to be considered.
His stats over the season read as follows;
  • Shoots every 38.8 minutes
  • Just over 90 minutes per chance created
  • 3 penalty area touches per game

This isn’t much to go on, which must be admitted openly. What these stats do portray is a raw potential to provide some strong numbers in the second half of the season. Arsenal has scored the third most goals in the league and you feel given a chance Gnabry could be a part of it.

Although having never played a full 90 minutes for the side, at a cut price of 4.2 and with the World Cup just around the corner, Serge will be desperate to hold his place. This extreme value has to be considered if not just to allow you to fit more quality into your starting squad. An attacking Arsenal player at 4.2 somewhat beggars belief but alas it is true. He is tempting and if he does hit some heights soon, at an ownership of 1.1% you’ll have the ultimate unique heading out of the Wildcard. Tempted? So am I.