While everyone agrees Serge Gnabry had a fantastic game against Sp*rs as Arsenal beat Sp*rs 2-0 in the FA Cup sending Sp*rs out of the cup by defeating them 2-0 in a 2-0 win over Sp*rs, Arsene Wenger was keen to play down the inevitable hype that such performances generate.
The boss acknowledged the quality of his display yet refused to jump on the ‘Next best thing’ bandwagon that popped up in the press conference afterwards.
“I am a strong believer in Serge,” he said, “because I integrated him at the start of last season but let’s not make superstars with one game. The top level is about consistency but I believe the ingredients are there. He has to show he can turn up with these performances in every game.”
The young German set up Santi Cazorla for Arsenal’s opening goal and was involved in a string of excellent attacking moves, and Wenger was happy to praise his contribution.
“Overall today he has shown that he is quality. He had a very good game. He is very young and he has the quality. He is bright, he has a good football brain.”
Of course there is a tendency for players to be made heroes after too short a time, so it’s understandable that the manager would play things down.
Yet there’s no disputing the fact Gnabry took his chance with both hands last night, and should find himself more involved as the season progresses.