Mikel Arteta backs Gedion Zelalem to succeed at Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta believes there a three youngsters at Arsenal who have the potential to be stars for the first team in the coming years.

The Spanish midfielder has been in fine form for Arsenal since the turn of the year but has now turned his head to a potential successor when he finally hangs up his boots.

Arsenal are famed for producing home-grown stars through their academy and Arteta believes there are more gems about to break through.

Among the current crop of Arsenal starlets, Arteta has been most impressed by 17-year-old Gedion Zelalem.

Arteta told reporters: "Gedion [Zelalem] has been the most impressive.

"He’s got a special talent in the position he plays in."

His comments come at a good time; Arsenal have reportedly agreed a three-year deal with the German youth international.

But there is more to look forward to than the midfield Maestro Zelalem. Arteta also says Arsenal fans can be excited for Benik Afobe and Serge Gnabry.

He continued: "Benik Afobe is another with good pace and the ability to get into the team.

"Serge [Gnabry] is in the first team now and I’m sure there will be a couple more."

At the tender age of 18, Gnabry has already broken into the first team at the Emirates and even scored in the Premier League against Swansea.

Afobe, on the other hand, has struggled with injuries and is currently enjoying a fruitful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. He is still waiting to make his Arsenal debut.

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