Player Comparison: Adnan Januzaj and Serge Gnabry

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In football there are always young talents who have the potential to become world-class players and we may of have found two superstars of the future. The Premier League has always been had major rivalries and one of the biggest being Arsenal and Manchester United. Arguably the two most successful clubs in the Premier League era, with 16 premier league, 2 champions league and an amazing 21 F.A cup trophies between them, these two clubs have had a long and fiery rivalry and often shows in games between the two. And both Arsenal and Manchester United players in the past have been pitted against each other like Thierry Henry and Ruud Van van Nistelrooy, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane and Edwin Van Der Sar and Jens Lehmann. Now this season both teams have teenager wonders and both find themselves firmly implanted into the first team and with both teams through to the round of 16 in the Champions League, the German and Belgian can showcase their talents to the world.

Serge Gnabry is a German right midfielder who can also play on the wing and has had an immediate impact since being put into the Arsenal mix. Gnabry started his career as a youth trainee at Bundesliga club VbB Stuttgart at the age of 12 and staying there until 2011 when he made the switch to Arsenal and was put into youth squad. Serge was put into squad in 2013 and was used in the team on 4 occasions, most memorable being the 7-5 victory over Reading in the Capital One Cup and was part of the simply amazing comeback as Wenger’s men were 4-0 down at halftime against Reading and had the Arsenal faithful in frantic disarray. But 45 minutes of the 2nd half and 30 minutes of extra time saw 8 goals and Gnabry showed that he was one for the future but was not picked for the team after that as Arsene had a somewhat turbulent season ahead and clinched 4th place on the final day after a win at Newcastle, with cross town rivals Tottenham Hotspur finishing just 1 point behind the Gunners and losing out on Champions League football yet again. This season however, the U19 Germany international has been sensational for Arsenal, scoring his first ever goal as a professional footballer in the 2-0 win over Swansea and was also very impressive against Tottenham in the F.A Cup in which he assisted Santi Carzola with a beautiful weighted pass for Santi to smash into the Spurs net and give them the lead which they would see through till the end of the match and Rosicky doubling their lead after an unfortunate Danny Rose mistake which led to him being dispossessed  and Tomas showed a nice bit of pace to get away from Walker and score. Gnabry remained a constant threat in the match, having shots as well as whipping in dangers and got himself into goal-scoring opportunities. Some of Serge’s best attributes are holding to the ball and surprisingly his defensive contribution. Although he isn’t much of an aerial threat due to his small stature but looks very promising and penning down a 5 year contract with Arsenal, we’ll get to see Serge develop into a world-class player.

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Adnan Januzaj is as difficult to defend against as his name is difficult to pronounce. Being part of the brilliant Belgians that have taken over the Premier League such as Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and has arguably been the best thing about Manchester United’s horrific season. Adnan started his career as a youth player at local team FC Brussels at the age of 10 but then joined the highly rated Belgian team, Anderlecht and spent 6 years there, from 2005 to 2011 before he joined the Manchester United at the age of 16 after being scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson. Near the end of the 202-13 season, Sir Alex promoted Januzaj to the first team and was given the number 44 although he was not featured for the remainder of the season in which United dominated and whitewashed the league and won the league by a massive 11 points. Under new manager David Moyes, Januzaj was given a chance in the first team, making his first ever professional appearance in the Community Shield final against Wigan Athletic after being subbed on for Robin Van Persie in the 84th minute but the damage had already been dealt to Wigan, losing 2-0 from a brace by the Dutch forward. It wasn’t until Adnan’s  first home start against Sunderland that he really shone and proved himself. Scoring 2 goals to win against Sunderland from behind and in that match, he made world-class runs and really did prove his worth as a winger and attacking midfielder. Some strong points in his play is his dribbling and through balls, having a success pass rate of over 75% in his last 4 games. Something that is somewhat a ‘weakness’ in his play is the fact his dives quite often. As a Manchester United fan who hates diving, I can not defend something like this as it is technically cheating.

Overall however I enjoy watching both players and I hope for a long and prosperous careers for both of them and for them to prove that they are one of the greatest young talents out there.


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