Arsenal oversaw a tricky Coventry City by a 4-0 scoreline in a result that perhaps flattered the home side on Friday, January 24 in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The headline grabbers will no doubt be brace-returning Lukas Podolski, super substitutes Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla as well as the German contingent that is thriving at N5 - Mesut Ozil assisted Podolski for the first, Per Mertesacker played provider to Lukas for the second and, at one point in the match, there were five German Gunners on the field at once.
However, fan reaction on social media has focused on another star, one whom is only 16-years-old, is touted as the next Cesc Fabregas with a potential to have a career trajectory like those he plays like, Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta or Xavi.
That player, a teenager who does not even have a professional contract, is Gedion Zelalem, who is held in such high regard that accomplished 'senior' midfielder Jack Wilshere (himself only 22) has spoken out in the past to say it will not be long before the player is ready for the first team on a regular basis - 'he is a nightmare to play against,' the Englishman is quoted to have said by The Guardian.
Wilshere added: 'He keeps the ball away from you and shields it. He's not very big but he's strong. He drifts in and out of players. Technically, he's right up there. He can use his left and right and he sees so many passes.'
Manager Arsene Wenger, who was appointed club boss BEFORE Zelalem was even born, noted post-match on Arsenal.com that this fact is 'more damaging to [Wenger] than it is to Zelalem!'
He added: 'It was a good opportunity to give him a chance to play and he showed when he came on that he is not scared, not fazed by the occasion. He wants the ball and you feel there is some vision and personality behind his pass.'
Gedion Zelalem is the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger took charge of the Club pic.twitter.com/LsoqNWfhR3— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2014
Definitely the best 16 year i have seen play for Arsenal. Zelalem.— GeoffArsenal (@GeoffArsenal) January 24, 2014
AW: "Zelalem has shown he is not scared. He wants the ball and you could feel their is some vision & personality behind his passing."— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) January 24, 2014
@Arsenal zelalem is amazing. He can dribble like Messi and pass like Xavi. He is definitely going to be a massive star and great for Arsenal— Josh Donnelly (@joshdonnelly_) January 25, 2014
@PhilEames1 was listening to talksport during arsenal game. said that Zelalem who came on potentially = cesc by coaches maybe better— Nick Eames (@Waddles_Mullet) January 25, 2014
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