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Ethiopia: Gedion Zelalem on Arsenal’s game-day roster against Tottenham
16-year old Gedion Zelalem was once again on Arsenal’s game-day roster for today's Premier League match against Tottenahm as a substitute player. If you have watched today's Arsenal game, Gedion was seen on the bench and after the final celebrating on the pitch. This is the second time Gedion was on the roster with Arsenal, which shows Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is very confident with Gedion. It is now very likely that Gedion will play for Arsenal sometime this season, possible as early as January according to some reports.
Here is what The Washington Post wrote:
"Over the next few days, weeks, months, probably years, you are going to hear a lot about Gedion Zelalem.
He is the 16-year-old Arsenal central midfielder who, while playing for the English club’s first team in preseason, mesmerized unsuspecting observers with his vision, touch and distribution. Without pause, he drew comparisons to Cesc Fabregas, a Spanish innovator with corresponding characteristics who debuted for the Gunners’ senior squad at the same age 10 years ago.
From Pele to Lionel Messi, teenage phenoms have tickled the soccer world for decades.
Zelalem is different from most because:
– He was not nurtured in a prominent academy.
– Until this past spring, his name was largely unknown, even in Arsenal circles.
– He was raised in Germany but draws from family roots in Ethiopia, a nation of 91 million that adores the sport but has never qualified for the World Cup and reached the African Cup on Nations once in the past 20 years. Already, he is inspiring young Ethiopians.
There is something else unique about Zelalem: He sharpened his skills between ages 9 and 15 in the Washington suburbs, playing for an elite club team, Olney Rangers. He also served on Walter Johnson High School’s varsity squad as a freshman in the fall of 2011, earning honorable mention All-Met honors after the Wildcats advanced to the Maryland state final.
A year ago, he was hanging out with friends at Montgomery Mall. Today, he is traveling the world with Arsenal star Theo Walcott and creating a buzz in north London.
Here are some excerpts from some British papers about Gedion.
Daily Telegraph: “If you haven’t heard of Gideon Zelalem: he is a child. … Perhaps he’s not just a common-or-garden Wenger prodigy but an actual genius who’s going to come on and score a hat-trick.”
Daily Mail: “If Zelalem features for Arsenal before mid-December, he will become the club’s youngest ever player.”
Here Is the City: “While most 16-year-olds will simply be celebrating good GCSE results [academic testing] this weekend, by having a shandy bass and treating themselves to a pick ‘n’ mix at the cinema, Zelalem will instead sit on the bench for a Premier League game for the first time.”
Gedion will be the first man with Ethiopian descent to play in the English Premier League.
Have Your Say
Gedion Zelalem should represent his native country the tournament under 21 age so he can inspire his country young generation and this be done by the help of his club just like any other professional players do
Yenatna yabatih Amlak yitebkuh. Lela yemlew yelegnim.@
Way to go Zelalem . Watch out world. Here it comes another athlete storming the stage holding the name ETHIOPIA. I wish you greatness and success. I am proud of you Zelalem.
Here is to some of you who really downgrade the diaspora society.
There are stars out there who shine brighter from their early ages on!!
Move on Gedion!
FYI, He was born in Germany not in Ethiopia.
Thanks to Meles vision, this generation doing good.
He comes from “good stock,” raised to work hard to succeed in something positive, unlike toxic Diaspora opposition generation.
Bozena: Meles deserves credit but don’t go too far!
Menzew: Thank you. A lot of idiots don’t know that no matter where you live, if you’re an Ethiopian you’re Ethiopian. I can also tell you that all these anti-diaspora apply for the D-V lottery like crazy.
Gideon: Please be careful with your knees. There are going to be players who will go after you. This is common knowledge.
GOD BLESS GIDEON & THE DIASPORA
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