Serge Gnabry in action for Arsenal against Tottenham.
Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry has moved to distance himself from links to Borussia Dortmund by insisting he is happy with the Gunners.
Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror was one of many to report Dortmund's interest, but the 18-year-old German posted on Facebook that he is happy in the Premier League with Arsenal:
And why wouldn't Gnabry be happy at Arsenal? He has everything going for him at a club in contention to win the Premier League.
Dortmund have a great pedigree for bringing through young talent, but so do Arsenal, who have introduced Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny in recent years.
Gnabry has made nine appearances in all competitions so far this season, per Soccerbase, including game time in the Premier League and Champions League.
He recently made a match-winning impact in the FA Cup against Tottenham, creating the crucial opening goal for Santi Cazorla with a super run and pass.
He is clearly highly rated by Arsene Wenger and has already established himself in the senior pecking order, not bad for a player who was barely heard of by many before the start of the season.
And Gnabry has not been overawed when given his chance to shine either. Steady performances have repaid Wenger's faith and earned him the chance to continue his education among some of Arsenal's seasoned stars.
Such is the impact that Gnabry has made that German football expert and former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft has tipped him for a World Cup spot with Germany:
Great to see the German kid Serge Gnabry in the Arsenal-team. He is 18!!! What a talent! Wenger: - Could be in the World Cup-squad #afc— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 13, 2014
Dortmund are a very big deal on the German and European stage, having reached the Champions League final last season. But with injuries debilitating their squad, they are struggling domestically this season and currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga, a completely different scenario to the relative harmony at Arsenal.
Much like his mature performances on the pitch, Gnabry has made the right decision to stick with Arsenal, where he will be able to continue developing.