Arsenal handed an under-21 debut to a teenager hailed as the 'next Cesc Fabregas' tonight.
Arsenal's under-21 side lost 3-2 to their Liverpool compatriots tonight, but the real talking point from a Gunners perspective was the debut of Gedion Zelalem.
The German youth international turned 16 this January, and got the nod to play in midfield in the home encounter alongside fellow countrymen Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld.
Gnabry scored along with striker Chuba Akpom for Arsenal, but Liverpool's Adam Morgan stole the show with a brace, with Kristian Adorjan also netting for the hosts.
And already the performance of Zelalem has been creating a huge buzz, with a number of Gooners giving their opinions on Twitter to a potentially very memorable occasion, his first display in an Arsenal shirt.
For a full match report from the game click here, and to see what Arsenal fans had to say about Zelalem, read on...
Zelalem looked good in possession but faded in the second-half which was expected. I was surprised he started.— Brendan (@AFC_93) April 8, 2013
Zelalem looks very promising, pre-season will be very interesting if he gets a look in. #afc— Chris James Snelling (@csnelling22) April 8, 2013
Gedion Zelalem showed great technique today! twitter.com/AFCAcademy/sta…— Sir Arsenal (@OneManTweet) April 8, 2013
Zelalem slotted in well though, looked like he has experience on U21 level already— Anders W. (@anzedk) April 8, 2013
Zelalem good but not quite at the level of older players U21 too much for him at the moment.— David B (@CzechGooner54) April 8, 2013
Zelalem more to come from the 16 yr old, he played with confidence. Shame we lost, a draw would have be fair :(— Jane-Frances Hassan (@hottiegoonette) April 8, 2013
I like the look of Zelalem, only problem was small lack of communication, but he's never played with these guys before, so that'll come— Anders W. (@anzedk) April 8, 2013
Zelalem looks a natural...look forward to seeing more in future. Gnabry scored a stunner!! Then, so did LFC! Bellerin always exciting! #AFC— Leon (@LeonAlexandrou) April 8, 2013
Zelalem is something special. Feel we only saw about 60% of what he can do. But the signs are there. Such composure on the ball.— ERW7 (@adolescentgoon) April 8, 2013