Gedion Zelalem Profile
January 26, 1997
|Previous Club(s)||Hertha Berlin|
Highly-rated central midfielder Gedion arrived at the Club in January 2013.
The Germany youth international, who also has Ethiopian heritage, was spotted by Arsenal scout and former Gunner Danny Karbassiyoon playing in the Dallas Cup – and was firmly on the Club’s radar after that.
Formerly of Hertha Berlin, Gedion broke into the Gunners’ under-21 team at the end of last season, turning in an assured performance on his debut against Liverpool at Anfield in April and winning many admirers with his ability on the ball and willingness to adapt to the physical side of English football.
Imaginative in possession and blessed with clever movement, the youngster added to that appearance with three more before the end of the campaign. During the summer of 2013 his progress continued when he was named in the first-team squad for the Asia Tour, and played in all four of the side’s games in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan. Gedion particularly impressed with his vision – his assist for Theo Walcott’s goal against Nagoya Grampus was especially memorable.
He also featured against Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup, and was subsequently named in the first-team squad for 2013/14, despite technically still being a first-year scholar in the academy. Gedion will be hoping to kick on and get as much pitch time as possible this term.