Arsenal teen star says Mario Gotze is a role model

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Arsenal teenage star Gedion Zelalem admits Mario Gotze and Mesut Özil are two of his biggest role models.

The 16-year-old impressed on Arsenal's preseason tour this summer, and is already knocking on the first-team door.

He arrived at Arsenal after he was spotted playing in America, but the German-born midfielder - who is also eligible to play for Ethiopia - is currently with the Germany under-17 team on international duty.

And speaking to the German FA, the Gunners starlet revealed Mario Gotze and Mesut Özil are two of the players he looks up to.

"I am very happy to be here [in the under-17 set-up]," said Zelalem. "When we were young, we all wanted to play for the DFB and be like Mario Gotze, who played for many years in the youth teams and made it the top."

But when asked if Gotze could be considered his role model, Zelalem revealed he wasn't the only player he looks up to.

"All players in the national team are role models for me," he continued. "We are working to make it there.

"I also find Mesut Özil really good to watch, I know him from Arsenal."

Zelalem has been training with the Arsenal first-team, and the German youngster praised Arsene Wenger for giving young players the chance to impress with the seniors.

In fact, the 16-year-old admitted the Arsenal boss was the main reason why he joined the Gunners.

"Arsene Wenger gives young players a chance," he said. "And if he gives you a chance, you must take it. He was the reason for me to go to Arsenal."

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