Zelalem praised, 300 Germans backing Arsenal v Dortmund

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Arsenal's German supporter club has swelled in size over the past few months.

Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga rivals may hope they suffer a loss at the Emirates tonight, but there will be a small pocket of German fans actively willing Arsenal to win.

German newspaper Die Welt report how a small committed group of Arsenal fans in the country have seen their numbers increase over the past 18 months.

Jens Bellmann, President of the German fan club 'Arsenal Germany', said:

"If Arsenal really win something at the end of the season, in London there will be the party of all parties.

"Eighteen months ago we were (just) 70."

Since then Arsenal Germany's membership has expanded to 300 members and counting.

The recent additions are driven by the acquisitions of Lukas Podolski at the start of last summer and Mesut Ozil at the end of this.

If Arsenal can demolish Dortmund in the same manner as they did Napoli in the last Champions League game, you can bet on a few more Germans wanting to join the club.

Bellman went onto praise youngster Gedion Zelalem, the 16-year-old jewel in Arsenal's youth team who starred in pre-season.

"It's unbelievable what he does, he's like the young Ozil."

The teenager like the Arsenal fan base will no doubt be watching on with a keen interest.

Who knows, in a couple of years time, Arsenal Germany could have 3,000 members and cheering on Zelalem in the first team.

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