Could Gnabry save Arsenal being held to ransom this month?

By Avenell Dave

Well I hate to say I told you so but I think it's fair to say that my faith and promotion of Serge Gnabry this season was put into stark context on Saturday.

Yes, we were playing a small London team and yes, they were so abject and tactically naive that it was like taking candy from a baby.

But you can only beat what is in front of you and just as in all his other appearances this season (with perhaps the exception of his cameo against City), the young German showed that he is a real talent to be reckoned with.

There is so much to admire in Gnabry.

He is fast, powerful, has a great football brain and he works hard tracking back as well.

But what I love most about him is that he seems perfectly at home at the very highest level already.

Of course, as Arsene Wenger said, let's not make superstars after one game.

We can leave that to Manchester United whose focus on Adnan Januzaj has somewhat stolen the limelight. He's welcome to it.

But any reading of this blog over the past few months will see that this is no isolated incident.

Gnabry makes things happen and has an eye for goal as we have already seen and while we get linked with players such as De Maria at Real Madrid, Gnabry's emergence suggests that maybe, just maybe, a wide player is not what we should be looking at.

Of course, Wenger has a habit of buying the players us fans don't think we need.

When Manu Eboue was establishing himself as right back, Le Boss went out and bought Bacary Sagna.

When we were crying out for a striker, he bought Mesut Ozil.

But looking back at Saturday's game, it really was one of the great evenings in the Emirate Stadium's history.

The place was buzzing, the performance was something like our best form of the season and underlines that despite making changes, some enforced and some tactical, we do have the players capable of performing at the highest level (or against small teams as on Saturday).

Sometimes he infuriates me but Theo Walcott showed some great movement as the central striker and while his finishing needs some work, he really did underline his capacity to lead the line.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be looking to bring someone in.

As everyone knows, signing world class players in January is never easy, particularly in a World Cup year but we have to try. Just ask David Moyes!

The fear is that we only have three games this month and Wenger may feel that we can cope.

On one level, I can understand it, because there is no sense in lumbering ourselves with other sub-standard players (Park? Squillaci? Santos?) that don't add a huge amount to the squad.

What we need, in all seriousness, is someone with the Eric Cantona ingredients, a game-changer who gives us something different and has something to prove.

They don't exactly grown on trees.

But for now, let's celebrate the fact that Gnabry is...dare I say a new signing!