Wenger hails Gnabry talent
Arsene Wenger believes he has unearthed another Arsenal gem in Serge Gnabry.
The 18-year-old German scored his first senior Gunners goal in Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, and his pace and trickery proved a constant thorn in the side of the home defence.
During his 17-year stint in charge of Arsenal, Wenger has been renowned for his ability to develop young players into first-team regulars.
Gnabry's goal made him Arsenal's second-youngest Premier League goalscorer - Cesc Fabregas being the youngest.
Gnabry may have a long way to go before he can be compared to players of Fabregas' calibre, but Wenger has been very impressed by the way the teenager, who was just 14 months old when the Frenchman took charge of Arsenal, has contributed.
"He is surprising," Wenger said.
"He has the talent, but he has the personality on the pitch as well.
"He doesn't look timid, he looks to play with belief and, of course, talent.
"Unfortunately he is another player for Germany, he's not English.
"He was one-year-old when I came to Arsenal, I can't believe it. Now I have some players in my squad who were not born when I arrived at Arsenal.
"The two players who scored (Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey) have a combined age of 40."
Although Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was disappointed at how a lack of composure had cost his side dearly in the second half, he did reserve particular praise for a young talent of his own in left-back Ben Davies.
The 20-year-old was the best player on the field in a white shirt, and scored his side's goal after linking up well with Wilfried Bony.
The Wales international has picked up where he left off after an excellent first season of senior football, and Laudrup said: "It was great to see. He is a young player who is still coming forward and gaining experience.
"He's a good boy, who is very intelligent as well. It's good to see players like that."
Swansea have already faced Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal so far this season, meaning Laudrup is better placed than most to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the title contenders.
But he believes it is far too early to try to predict if Arsenal have what it takes to still be on top of the pile come mid-May.
"I don't know if they are title contenders, there have been some surprise results this weekend," he said.
"Manchester United lost to West Brom and Manchester City have lost two games away to Aston Villa and Cardiff.
"So Arsenal and Tottenham are on top, but there are 32 games to play. But no-one can take what you already have on the board away from you."