Steve Gatting, a former Arsenal, Brighton and Charlton player who now serves as a youth coach at Arsenal, said there were "lots of positives" Monday night after his Under-21 Gunners lost 3-2 at Anfield.
"We were excellent on the ball at times, especially in the second half," Gatting said (via Arsenal.com). "If our end product had been better, we might have won the game."
Gatting couldn't have been talking about Serge Gnabry, because if all of Arsenal's end products had looked like Gnabry's contribution, the outcome might have been a bit different Monday night.
Gnabry, a 17-year-old German midfielder, scored a cracking goal for the Gunners in the loss. The goal, a composed chip in traffic from the edge of the box, appears in the clip above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Tuesday. Enjoy.
Arsenal signed Gnabry from Stuttgart in 2011 and gave him his senior debut last October in a Premier League match at Norwich City. He also appeared in the 2-0 home loss to Schalke in the UEFA Champions League.
Around that time, manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the German youngster. From The Sun:
He is a guy who can play in all the offensive positions. I think he could even play centre forward. He has a kind of efficiency in his game, and can get on the end of things.
He has big potential, creative potential, finishing potential. Serge is 17 years old and strong for a boy of that age. It is difficult to compare with anyone. He is not small, he is stocky with good body balance. He glides, he is fluent.
That should be enough to get Gooners salivating, but is Gnabry ready for the senior team? If so, where should he slot into the squad?
(h/t 101 Great Goals)