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Arsenal youngster earns praise from Wilshere

Zelalem has starred in Arsenal's pre-season wins. (©GettyImages)
Zelalem has starred in Arsenal's pre-season wins. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has given his full backing to Arsenal's youngsters after several of them have impressed during pre-season, but it is Gedion Zelalem who has caught the eye.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is adamant on blooding young talent at the club and over the years has seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere all develop into first-team players.

Wilshere believes the next generation of youngsters are just as good as they were back then.

The likes of Chuba Akpom, Ryo Miyaichi, Serge Gnabry, Chuks Aneke and Gedion Zelalem have all starred in the Far East and all of them have put in some good performances for Wenger's side, especially 16-year-old Zelalem.

Zelalem has already been cited as the next gem to come off the Arsenal product line. His ability and vision has stood out as he has already picked out some astonishing passes for his team-mates - the latest coming in their 3-1 victory over Nagoya Grampus.

Zelalem assisted Theo Walcott for the third goal after making a genius through-ball splitting the defence open and Wilshere believes he has a bright future ahead of him.

The midfielder has admitted that when he watches the 16-year-old, he sometimes wonders what on earth he is doing, but then he realises that it's a great pass to a team-mate.

He told The Mirror: "I've spoken about them before, especially Zelalem. He sees passes that not a lot of players can. You think: 'what's he doing?' and suddenly someone is in. He's only 16 and he's an exciting player.

"It won't be long before he's ready. He's so comfortable on the ball. Even in training he's a nightmare to play against. He keeps the ball away from you and shields it. He's not very big but he's strong.

"He drifts in and out of players. He's quite a strong lad and technically he's right up there. He can use his left and right and sees so many passes. He's a good one for the future."


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