Teenager Serge Gnabry is confident he can have an impact for Arsenal this season.
The 18-year-old midfielder impressed as he was brought back into the starting XI for the 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, where his determined run helped set up Santi Cazorla's opening goal.
Gunners vice-captain Mikel Areta has described the combative German as "like a little boxer", and manager Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal youth product Gnarby has what it takes to make it at the highest level.
For now, though, Gnarby - who has a total of nine appearances this season, scoring his first senior goal in the Barclays Premier League win at Swansea - is taking things very much in his stride.
"It was great to have been given a start in such a big game, and I am satisfied with my performance," Gnabry said.
"I tried to have an impact going forwards and am happy that I could help the team to win with the assist for our first goal.
"I hope that I can show what I can do and that the team could need me, from then it is up to the manager."
Gnabry feels he can provide a different option for Arsenal, linking up well with Theo Walcott, who was deployed in a central attacking role against Spurs but suffered a knee injury late on which could sidelined him for a month.
"I have learned a lot from Theo Walcott," Gnabry continued.
"We both are intelligent players and we know what the other will do."
Arsenal are waiting to learn the full extent of Walcott's knee problem, with more tests set for Monday after initial concerns the England forward could have damaged ligaments.
The loss of Walcott - who has scored five goals since returning from a stomach muscle injury - will further deplete Wenger's attacking options, given Nicklas Bendtner is expected to miss all of January with his ankle problem picked up when scoring a late goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff on New Year's Day.
Should Walcott also be set for an extended spell on the sidelines, then Wenger concedes he will have to bolster the squad with some firepower, although the Arsenal manager continues to maintain a big-money signing during January is notoriously difficult to push through.
The Football Association, meanwhile, are continuing to gather information on the ugly scenes which marred the end to what had been a fiercely contested north London derby.
As he received treatment during the closing stages and was put onto a stretcher, Walcott was pelted with missiles from a section of the travelling Spurs fans behind the Clock End goal, which saw the Arsenal forward respond with "2-0" hand gesture.
Objects - including coins and plastic bottles - were seen to hit medical staff as they carried the player around to the tunnel on the half-way line.
The FA will take in the full match report of referee Mark Clattenburg and also other relevant bodies before deciding whether to launch any disciplinary action.
While Walcott's gesture - described by Wenger as 'non-offensive' - may in itself not lead to a misconduct charge, the general issues over crowd safety could well be examined by the governing body.
Transfer news: Strikers Arsenal could sign in January
Transfer news: Strikers Arsenal could sign in January
1/7 Diego Costa
The Atletico Madrid star has recently signed a new contract to remain in the Spanish capital, although it is reported that a £32m release clause can be activated to try and negotiate a move. Costa’s decision to leave Atletico would be surprising though, given their competitiveness in La Liga as they sit level on points with leaders Barcelona, and also their brilliant run in the Champions League. A move to London could also jeopardise his hopes of making the Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup after electing to play for the reigning champions rather than his native Brazil.
2/7 Dimitar Berbatov
His agent has already claimed that the Bulgarian would like to leave Fulham this month despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. With £2m believed to be enough to secure the former Tottenham and Manchester United striker, it would be a low cost, low risk option, but questions remain over his work rate and energy levels, and Wenger has denied any interest on his part. Whether Berbatov would quench the thirst of fans who feel another striker in integral to their title hopes remains uncertain, but he does come with a natural talent that few in the Premier League can match – if only he produced it regularly.
3/7 Karim Benzema
The Real Madrid striker was linked with a move away from the club in the summer after struggling to produce the form required to spearhead an attack that includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. But the Frenchman has since hit his best, and a much mooted move to Arsenal now appears off the cards with Carlo Ancelotti determined not to sell. Benzema would no doubt be a world class acquisition that would provide further optimism at the Emirates that the Gunners are here to stay at the top, but it may take in excess of £30m (and thus bankroll a Real move for Luis Suarez) to trigger any chance of signing him this month.
Verdict: The slimmest of chances
4/7 Alvaro Morata
Benzema’s colleague at Real Madrid has been linked with a short-term move in the hope of seeking regular first team action, with Arsenal and Tottenham at the forefront of those rumours. Ancelotti’s desire not to let any players depart again causes an issue, but chances of securing Morata are much higher given Benzema’s current standing as the starting striker. Unproven, Morata would be an exciting talent but also back-up to Giroud, and you would have to question a decision to move to the Emirates when first team football is by no means guaranteed.
5/7 Mario Mandzukic
The Bayern Munich striker looks set to be displaced in his role as lead striker at the end of the season by the recently acquired Robert Lewandowski, and reports this morning suggest that Arsenal are one of the clubs interest in his services. A proven goalscorers, the Croatian would add experience and talent to the squad, but he’s unlikely to jump ship with Bayern on course for another trophy-laden season.
Verdict: Watch this space in summer
6/7 Loic Remy
On loan at Newcastle from Queens Park Rangers, Remy is available in January should Rangers receive a good enough offer. Remy has looked sharp throughout the first half of the season, leading the line for the Magpies with 10 goals in 18 appearances. It could take over £10m to acquire the Frenchman though, but Remy would inject a turn of pace that Giroud does seem to lack at the moment.
Verdict: Very possible
Swansea’s signing of the season last year hasn’t been as prolific this term, but his eye for a goal remains undoubted given his 22 goals in all competitions during his first year at the Liberty Stadium. However, Michu is currently on the sidelines through injury and would be a pointless signing to solve the current injury situation that the Gunners have. Despite links with the Spaniard, this move looks like a complete no-go.
Verdict: No chance