Thierry Henry on Arsenal youth: Everyone is talking about him!

Gedion Zelalem

Gunners legend says there's a "lot of [young] quality" in the Arsenal camp at the moment but talks up one youth star - Gedion Zelalem.

"Everybody knows him," said legendary striker Thierry Henry, now enjoying veteran status at New York Red Bulls who host his erstwhile club Arsenal on Saturday, July 26.

The Gunners have a number of notable prospects in the 20-man roster who left North London earlier this week including Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Chuba Akpom but there is one who stands out - perhaps due to the many nations he is eligible to play for.

That youngster, a 17-year-old called Gedion Zelalem, is of Ethiopian descent but trained with an Under 15 side of the United States and represented Germany at U15, U16 and U17 level.

There is therefore awareness of him State-side.

"[He is] quality," Henry continued. "Good on the ball, great vision. Everyone is talking about him. It is not easy to break into the first team at Arsenal but certainly he has the quality and the right boss [Arsene Wenger] to make sure that he can do it. Hopefully for us as Arsenal fans he can perform and become a great player."

On the other players eager to make a name for themselves in the senior squad in the coming seasions, Henry said: "Arsenal have a lot of good players, young players in the squad coming through. You will see them on Saturday.

"Everyone expects the big names but there are a lot of young and good players that you don’t see during the year because sometimes they go out on loan to get some minutes but I can tell you they have a lot of quality in that squad."

As Henry will be on the opposite team this weekend he was swift to state that "hopefully we won't see too much of that on Saturday, but it is good for [Arsenal]!"

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