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Watch: Arsenal wonderkid Gedion Zelalem makes insane basketball shot

Gedion Zelalem in more familiar surroundings (©GettyImages)
Gedion Zelalem in more familiar surroundings (©GettyImages).

Arsenal, like so many of Europe's top soccer clubs, are in the middle of their United States preseason tour. And whilst the Gunners' big names are gaining valuable fitness ahead of the 2014-15 English Premier League season, one of the youngest members of their travelling party stepped up to steal the limelight today.

Although unfortunately for Arsene Wenger it was away from the soccer field.

17-year-old Gedion Zelalem, wanted by the United States Men's National Team already after impressing in Arsenal's youth set-up, was watching teammate Aaron Ramsey take on the London club's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry in a game of one-on-one basketball when he was called upon by the Frenchman.

Henry, now playing in America for New York Red Bulls, handed the ball to the German-born Zelalem with the challenge of sinking a very, very deep shot.

The rest, as they say, is history...

Not bad for a young man who is predicted for big things in the soccer world.

Who is Gedion Zelalem?

Aged just 17, Zelalem has made just one first-team appearance for Arsenal in a competitive game - coming on to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the North London side's 4-0 victory over Coventry in January 2014.

He has already drawn praise from both Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klinsmann however. Only this week, Arsenal's long-time manager predicted Zelalem had the potential to become a star on the domestic and international stage.

That may not be too far away if the United States have their way, with the Stars and Stripes already noted to be keeping tabs on the youngster, and his father busy completing the paperwork that would see the German born starlet gain US citizenship.

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Arsenal's preseason

Arsenal themselves are preparing to take on Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls this Saturday in front of a sell-out New York crowd as they build up preparations for the upcoming EPL season..

After adding Alexis Sanchez fresh of the back of a stellar 2014 World Cup, as well as French right back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for a combined £42 million, Arsenal fans certainly have reason for optimism with the 2014-15 season just around the corner.

And if Gedion Zelalem can transfer his impressive basketball skills onto the football field in the coming months there will be even more reason to cheer.

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