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Arsenal's Zelalem says he intends to learn from Wesley Sneijder

Gedion Zelalem

Arsenal teenager Gedion Zelalem says he was thrilled to play against Wesley Sneijder.

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem says he was thrilled to make his Champions League debut, describing it as a dream come true.

The 17-year-old played the second 45 minutes against Galatasaray and did not look out of place on the big stage in the 4-1 victory.

He admitted there was one player in particular he was thrilled to play against, and will be trying to learn from him moving forward.

That is Dutchman Wesley Sneijder, formerly a Champions League winner with Inter Milan, and who came close to joining Manchester United a year later.

Zelalem told Arsenal's website: "He’s won the Champions League, so to be able to play against him was very good.

"He’s a top player and hopefully I can win the Champions League as well one day. I can learn from the way he switches the ball, his quick feet and things like that.

“All your life you work for this moment, so to be able to play was very good."

  TeamPassing AccuracyMins per touchMins per tackles wonKey PassesMins Played
Gedion Zelalem Arsenal 91% 0.87 45 0 45
Wesley Sneijder Galatasaray 86% 1.29 90 4 90

Zelalem played well up against the Dutchman, recording a better passing accuracy, and touching the ball more frequently. He also matched the number of tackles made by Sneijder.

The former Inter star of course netted a stunning free-kick, and created four goalscoring chances, but as far as Champions League debuts go, it wasn't a bad one for the teenager either.

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