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In the news today:
Arsenal have made a signing! It is, though, a 14 year old Ethiopian youngster currently playing his football, or should I say soccer, in the USA.
Gedion Zelalem has signed a deal with Arsenal to join the club on his 16th birthday (January 2013).
Zelalem has been on trial with the club earlier this summer after being spotted by Danny Karbassiyoon, Arsenal’s North America scout.
The youngster’s father is Ethiopian, but Zelalem was actually born in Germany, and now currently lives in the USA so in terms of an international future, although premature, he would have plenty of options. It also means that Arsenal will not need a work permit to sign the talented youngster.
Matt Pilkington, Zelalem’s current coach with Olney Soccer Club, told The Washington Post: “He’s a natural talent. He has balance, vision, ideas.”
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