Zelalem lauded by Germany U-17 coach days after making Arsenal debut


Arsenal’s latest teenage sensation Gedion Zelalem has been praised by Germany’s under-17 manager, just days after making his Gunners debut in the FA Cup against Coventry.

Zelalem’s fast progression has seen him become the first player to represent Arsenal born since Arsene Wenger first took charge of the club in 1996.

The 17-year-old made his first ever under 17 appearance for Germany in November and has since been praised by coach Christian Wück who believes Zelalem will have a promising future.

“He has integrated quickly in the under-17 team due to his friendly manner. He’s a great kid”, said Wück.

Born in Berlin but raised in the United States, Zelalem played junior football with MSC United, Bethesda Soccer Club and Olney Rangers before moving to Arsenal in 2012.

Since joining Arsenal’s academy highly-rated Zelalem has progressed through the youth ranks before joining last year’s pre-season tour in Asia, where he caught the eye with a number of impressive performances.

Zelalem, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, is expected to sign his first professional contract within the coming weeks.

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