Gedion Zelalem scored the one and only goal in our Under-21s game against Fulham this past Friday, and claims watching the Arsenal first team helped him do so.
The 18-year-old’s goal came right at the death, giving the youngsters the win they were searching for.
Zelalem claims he and his young teammates aspire to be like their senior counterparts, and the tikka takka style in which his goal came was all down to the lessons he learned through watching them.
“My goal came because I watch the first team a lot and they like to play quick one-twos on the edge of the box,” Zelalem said, as quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
“Us youth-team players aspire to be like them so we try to play like them. It worked against Fulham and hopefully the fans enjoyed the goal.”
Zelalem looked set to become a real star at one point, but hasn’t progressed as quickly as many may have hoped. He’s still incredibly young of course, so there is plenty of time for him to realise his potential.
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You could argue that his exclusion from the Emirates Cup a few weeks ago and his lack of first team opportunities represent a step backwards however, so hopefully this season he is able to kick on and improve.
A newly capped United States international, clearly more than just Arsene Wenger sees promise in him. The fact that he’s learning from the first team is superb, and means he will fit straight into our unique style of play when he’s finally ready for a senior role.