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Arsenal: Highly-rated teenager trains with first-team

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Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem has revealed that he has been training with the club's senior side ahead of the weekend meeting with Crystal Palace, as the midfielder bids to make his first-team debut.

The 16-year-old, though, is unlikely to be utilised in the Premier League clash at Selhurst Park, but will seemingly be included in the squad to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup next week.

Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the competition on Tuesday and, as ever, Arsene Wenger is expected to use this as an opportunity to provide first-team chances for youngsters.

Zelalem looks set to be among them, and will hope to build on the promising performances he registered during pre-season, most notably in the victory against Manchester City.

The German, who joined Arsenal in January, tweeted on Thursday to confirm that he had been training with the Wenger's seniors at the club's London Colney base.

He tweeted: "Nice to be back with the first team again!"

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