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Arsenal starlet to snub German interest

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Wenger likes the look of Zelalem. (©GettyImages)
Wenger likes the look of Zelalem. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is looking to represent the USA national team and not Germany according to his father.

The 14-year-old, who is set to move to north London and link up with the Gunners' esteemed youth academy at the turn of his 16th birthday, is currently the subject of a tussle between the two nations.

Zelalem is a German citizen of Ethiopian descent, who has lived in the States for more than five years, and has trained with both German and US U15 teams.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was alerted to the teenager's potential and moved quickly to secure his signature before facing competition from a host of other top European clubs.

However, whilst Zelalem's club future looks to have been sorted with an Emirates Stadium switch formally agreed, the Arsenal youngster's future remain up in the air despite his father hinting his son is swaying towards committing to the USA.

"Everything is open," he told the Washington Post. "It was a good experience in Germany.

"They said they want to invite him again, but he has more of a chance for the US. He is more comfortable with the US, he has a lot of friends here."

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