Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has hailed young Gunners midfielder Gideon Zelalem, with his performances on the north London club’s Asian tour impressing fans.
Whilst Arsenal supporters in north London are grumbling about the lack of signings, those lucky enough to be watching the team in the Far East are enjoying watching the performances of teenage midfielder Gideon Zelalem.
With no record transfers joining the Gunners on their Asian tour, the 16 year-old has been the talking point for many fans.
Though he still has much room to grow out physically, Zelalem’s technique and vision is far beyond his years.
His through ball against Nagoya Grampus to set up Theo Walcott’s goal was a clear example of his creativity on the football field, and he has looked far from out of place amongst the senior players in his short appearances.
“He sees passes that not a lot of players can,” said Jack Wilshere of Zelalem to the Daily Mirror.
“You think: ‘what’s he doing?’ and suddenly someone is in. He’s only 16 and he’s an exciting player.
“It won’t be long before he’s ready. He’s so comfortable on the ball. Even in training he’s a nightmare to play against. He keeps the ball away from you and shields it. He’s not very big but he’s strong.
“He drifts in and out of players. He’s quite a strong lad and technically he’s right up there. He can use his left and right and sees so many passes. He’s a good one for the future.”