Arsenal announce 16-year-old Zelalem in Premier League squad

Gedion Zelalem will be hoping to become the clubs youngest ever player in the league by coming on against Fulham today.

Arsenal have announced their squad for the game with Fulham at 12.45 today, and there are certainly a few shock inclusions in the squad.

They travel to Craven Cottage with a squad certainly struggling in terms of suspensions and fitness.

While the starting line-up is no surprise, the bench throws up a few howitzers.

Jack Wilshere is on the bench, reportedly to keep him fresh after a demanding start to the season and picking up a knock in midweek against Fenerbahce.

But the real shock is the presence of two German prodigies.

While Serge Gnabry is no stranger to flirting with the first-team, he has featured for the team in the Champions League and League Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem receives his first place in the match-day squad.

While most 16-year-olds will simply be celebrating good GCSE results this weekend, by having a shandy bass and treating themselves to a pick ‘n’ mix at the cinema, Zelalem will instead sit on the bench for a Premier League game for the first time.

Described as the next Cesc Fabregas, no doubt he is talented enough to one day make it at The Emirates.

He has impressed for the under-21’s and also showed his talent in pre-season.

And if the occasion calls for it, and Zelalem makes his way on to the pitch at some point, he will become the youngest ever league player in the clubs history, at just 16 years and 210 days.

Do you want to see Zelalem get on the field today?

image: © Tom Cuppens

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