Young midfielder explains why he moved to Arsenal and outlines his plans for the future.
Having only arrived at Arsenal in January of this year it has been a rollercoaster few months for Gedion Zelalem. Spotted by Arsenal scout and former player Danny Karbassiyoon playing for Olney Rangers in the United States, the highly rated central midfielder has gone on to make his debut for the U21 side, before travelling with the first team squad on the tour of Asia.
Still just 16 years old, Zelalem showed glimpses of his undeniable talent during the pre-season tour and was once again amongst the first team squad last weekend for the Emirates Cup.
The creative midfielder has had a cosmopolitan upbringing; born in Ethiopia, he is of German descent but spent most of his formative years in America. Now he finds himself living near Arsenal’s London Colney training ground as he looks to become the latest academy graduate to excel under Arsene Wenger.
Already capped eight times by Germany at Under-16 level, Zelalem has high hopes for theÃ‚Â newÃ‚Â seasonÃ‚Â after having his first taste of senior action on the tour of Asia. Read more