Gedion Zelalem has expressed his desire to force his way into the Arsenal first team despite fierce competition for places in that department at the Emirates Stadium.
The American wonderkid has impressed whilst away on international duty at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this summer and some of his tricks and flicks have been shared around the world via social media.
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Zelalem is highly-regarded by manager Arsene Wenger, who handed the 18-year-old a first-team debut against Coventry City in the FA Cup round during the 2013-14 season.
However, he failed to make any appearances last season as he found it tough to dislodge the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in a star-studded midfield area for the North London outfit.
Wenger hinted during the season [via ESPN] that he could send Zelalem out on loan next year in order to get first-team football under his belt and the youngster is willing to give that a go:
“I’m going to go back for pre-season and try to get into the first team and play some games,” he said [via Express Sport].
“If I can do that, great. If not, I’ll look to get out on loan somewhere. It’s a dream come true to be at a club like Arsenal and I want to get into the first team this season, play minutes and start matches,” Zelalem added.