Gedion Zelalem (right) holds off the challenge of Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder on Tuesday night(Getty Images)

Gedion Zelalem (right) holds off the challenge of Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder on Tuesday night(Getty Images)

For anyone other than Arsenal’s supporters, the second half of the Gunners’ Champions League Group D finale at Galatasaray on Tuesday carried little appeal. Arsenal had already clinched a berth in the knockout stage and pumped in three goals during the first half in Istanbul.

There was, however, a touch of drama in the making: Would Arsene Wenger summon Gedion Zelalem, the 17-year-old midfielder with Ethiopian roots, a German birthplace and U.S. upbringing?

Zelalem typically plays for Arsenal’s under-19 squad, but without the usual Champions League urgency against last-place Galatasaray, Wenger carried six teenagers on his bench.

Source: Washington Post

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