Player profile: Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal midfielder

Zelalem has been likened to Cesc Fabregas. Photo: PA

Player profile: Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal midfielder

Name: Gedion Zelalem

Position: Central Midfield

Born: 1997

Club: Arsenal

Country: Germany

Arsenal's academy appears to have produced another potential superstar in the form of German midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

There seems to be an overwhelming level of excitement surrounding the Berlin-born talent and he's already made his debut earlier this year in Arsenal's 4-0 FA Cup victory against Coventry. He came off the bench for the final 20 minutes, impressing with his extraordinary vision and eye for a pass and many have likened him to former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas, which is extremely encouraging.

He sees passes that not a lot of players can and he's so comfortable on the ball. Even in training, he's a nightmare to play against.

– Jack Wilshere
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Good news on the new Arsenal contracts for Cazorla, Ramsey and Zelalem. A timely boost!

Gedion Zelalem replaced Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain to make his debut. Credit: PA

Unusually Zelalem is eligible to play for three different countries and it's fair to say all would be delighted to have such an exciting talent headed for International stardom, even USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann personally sought out Zelalemto make him consider choosing to pledge his allegiance to his American side.

The midfielder qualifies to play for Germany, USA and Ethiopia although he has already represented Germany at youth level. He was first spotted in the States by an Arsenal scout playing in the Dallas Cup and ever since they kept a keen eye on him.

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Hearing Jurgen Klinsmann is pushing harder to get Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem & Mainz's Shawn Parker to choose the USMNT. Hardly a slam dunk.

He's a young player who develops well. He is improving very quickly and he had another appearance, that's good for his development. Gedion is very young of course, but he has shown already that he has fantastic promise, and we all look forward to his development with us.

– Arsene Wenger

Formerly part of Hertha Berlin's academy programme, Zelalem broke into the Gunners' Under-21 side at the end of last season with great success, due to his ability to adapt to the rigours of the English game.

The youngster stood out again during Arsenal's tour of Asia, making an impact off the bench in all four of the side's games, including one noteworthy moment which dazzled viewers, assisting for Theo Walcott's goal against Nagoya Grampus.

He's just been awarded his first professional contract and there are high hopes for the midfielder who will surely be making headlines in the years to come.

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@Arsenal Fantastic news! Just what we need! Zelalem has so much potential!