Twitter reacts to Arsenal teenager Gedion Zelalem's US Under-20s performance against New Zealand

Gedion Zelalem

The Gunners midfielder helped Tab Ramos' side to a comfortable 4-0 win over the host in their second game of the Under-20 World Cup.

Arsenal teenager Gedion Zelalem sent the growing excitement surrounding his future into overdrive on Tuesday morning in helping the US Under-20s to a 4-0 victory over New Zealand at the World Cup.

The Berlin-born midfielder, who was an 11th hour call-up to the squad after being cleared to switch international allegiances, set up Paul Arriola for the third goal and showcased his skill with rabona and nutmeg passes on what was just his first start for Tab Ramos’ side.

The win over the hosts was the USA’s second of the tournament after beating Myanmar 2-1 in their opening match and also sealed the team’s place in the knockout stages ahead of their third and final group game against Ukraine on June 5.

Whether Zelalem will start that game remains to be seen but, based on his most recent performance, it will be hard for head coach Ramos to leave him out of his line-up come the round of 16.

Aged just 18, the former German Under-17 international has made just two first-team cameos for Arsenal so far but US boss Jurgen Klinsmann has already declared that he is good enough for his senior squad and, judging from the Twitter-based reaction to his full Under-20 debut, others are now starting to agree.

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