Emirates club sign player so young they will have to wait for a couple of years.
Arsenal have signed Olney Soccer Club midfielder Gedion Zelalem after the youngster has impressed on trial.
The 14-year-old will join the Gunners as soon as he turns 16 in January 2013.
Zelalem was pointed out to Arsenal’s North America scout, Danny Karbassiyoon, by his club manager Matt Pilkington, according to Young Guns.
The Gunners watched the playmaker in the Dallas Cup and liked the teenager so much they invited him for a 10-day trial at their London Colney training ground.
He is a German-born Ethiopian, who was part of Hertha Berlin’s academy setup before moving to America five years ago.
Arsenal denied an agreement has been reached during an interview with the Washington Post this week, but the player has since confirmed he will move to north London.
Zelalem’s German citizenship means Arsenal will not require a work permit for the exciting play maker.
Meanwhile another Arsenal target for the present, Kaka, has denied rumours he will move to the Emirates on a season-long loan.
The Brazil international is desperate to prove himself in Spain following his £56million move from AC Milan two-years ago.
“My plan is to remain with Real Madrid and to obtain the confidence of the coach,” Kaka told Marca.