USA target Gedion Zelalem scores first goal in an Arsenal jersey in u-19 win

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USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann might want to take note. Long-time target for the US set up, Gedion Zelalem has scored his first goal in an Arsenal jersey - and the impressive solo effort for the Gunner's u-19 side against Galatasaray is well worth a watch.

In action the night before the senior side, Zelalem ran in from the corner of the box, jinked past two defenders and fired the ball into the back of the net whilst slipping to the floor - not bad for a 17-year-old.

International future

Zelalem joined Arsenal in 2013 after being spotted playing for a youth side in Maryland, USA and despite being born in Berlin, Germany to Ethiopian parents has been strongly linked with a future in the USMNT set up.

The Washington Post reported over the summer that the Arsenal midfielder was close to gaining US citizenship, whilst Arsene Wenger stated during the team's recent tour to the USA that the youngster was perfect for the stars and stripes.

Current national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is also known to be a big fan. And if Zelalem can continue to score goals like that achieved against his Turkish opposition then the USA better move quick to secure his international status.

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Arsenal career to date

Currently busy impressing in the Arsenal youth set-up Zelalem has had scant opportunities at first-team level to date.

He has made one appearances for the senior team however, coming on in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a home FA Cup victory against Coventry City in January 2014.

More impressive however have been his pre-season displays for the Gunners, with his 2014 summer outing on the EPL side's US tour leading to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry singing his praises:

"It is not easy to break into the first team at Arsenal but certainly he has the quality and the right boss to make sure that he can do it. Hopefully for us as Arsenal fans he can perform and become a great player," said Henry back in July.

Zelalem's goal Tuesday night helped Arsenal u-19's to a 5-1 win over Galatasaray in the UEFA Youth League.


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