The sixteen-year-old made his debut against Coventry on Friday night, and he's a special player for more than one reason.
It didn't take long to see that young German midfielder Gedion Zelalem is a player of some huge potential.
Still just sixteen, and able to turn out for Germany, Ethiopia or USA, where he had lived until he moved to Arsenal, the youngster took to the pitch for his bow in the FA Cup and immiediatly began strutting around the pitch in a fashion reminisecnt of midfield maestros Iniesta and Xavi.
In what is quickly becoming a season of exceptional young players breaking through in the Premier League, Zelalem could end up being the best of the bunch, and what's more, he wasn't even born when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took over at the club!
That was October 1st 1996, and amazingly the Frenchman has remained in chance ever since, overseeing a raft of promising players as they found their way into the game under his stewardship. Zelalem, like Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas, and Jack Wilshere, as well as fellow German prodigy Serge Gnabry, could be at no better club to learn his trade, as indicated by Arsenal's continuing faith in their manager over the 17 years since he took charge.
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
What with Gnabry, Adnan Januzaj, Saido Berahino and Nabil Bentaleb all excelling this season, Arsenal will be delighted to have another diamond on their hands, and fellow Gunners graduate Jack Wilshere was particularly forthcoming with his praise in a recent Guardian interview.
"He sees passes that not a lot of players can and he's so comfortable on the ball," said the England man. "Even in training, he's a nightmare to play against. 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."
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