Zelalem Is Good Enough To Play In The First Team – Jenkinson

Gedion Zelalem

The Q&A at the Arsenal’s Member’s Day threw up some interesting surprises, and some revelations. Mikel Arteta revealed his secret for his perfect hair to be ordinary gel, along with wax sometimes, while Olivier Giroud was called the vainest player of the club.

Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere were asked to name the one youth player who could step into the first team this season. Jenkinson said, “So many of the young players impress me to be honest but if I had to choose one it would be Gedion,”

“He is very gifted on the ball, he is a midfielder that it is difficult to get the ball off, he has great balance and good feet and has great vision.

“He is still young, so physically he still has to develop and get a bit quicker and stronger – but technically he has got all the attributes to play at the highest level, without a doubt.”

Wilshere, who said two weeks ago how good Zelalem is, touched on this topic again, saying, “He is only 16 but when he got his chance he took it. He played a few passes through that I don’t know how he saw them to be honest.
“As well as him there was Serge [Gnabry]. He has had a few chances and he keeps producing, so the future looks good.”

If Jack Wilshere says that he couldn’t envisage how Zelalem played some of his now famous through balls, then it speaks volumes about the talent that is Gedion Zelalem, and shows that comparisons with Cesc Fabregas are not unwarranted. Arsenal seem to have high hopes from the half German-half Ethiopian, since he was one of three youngsters to be part of the squad for the Emirates Cup, and the Gunners would be hoping that he continues to progress as quickly as he is doing now.


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