Thursday, 19th June, 2014

Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has revealed that he has a soft spot for the Ivory Coast and hopes that they can progress as far as possible in the World Cup.

The Germany Under-19 international has a link to the African nation, with his father being born there.

And he recollects how his first memory of the World Cup was watching the Elephants in action against Serbia in the 2006 World Cup and how he managed to develop a special affection for them since that match.

"I like the African side of me and my family,” Gnabry told Arsenal's official site.


“I'm hoping the Ivory Coast will do well at the World Cup.

“I saw them play Serbia in 2006 and that was my first-ever World Cup game so I have a soft spot for Ivory Coast."

As far as the Ivory Coast's chances in this World Cup are concerned, Gnabry believes that they have enough good players in the squad to make it "as far as possible."

“They have very good individual players.

"They have [Didier] Drogba, they have [Yaya] Toure and they have Gervinho so I think they have a pretty good squad.

“I hope they go through and make it as far as possible.”

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