A creative midfielder of whom much has been expected since his arrival at the club, Gedion has had to be patient for first-team opportunities, but he did show some encouraging signs of development last season.
A precise passer of the ball, Gedion first featured for Arsenal at U21 level as a schoolboy and was a regular at that level last season as he made 19 appearances for Steve Gatting’s side.
The youngster also made his Champions League debut against Galatasaray having featured against Coventry City in the FA Cup the previous season.
An excellent dribbler, Gedion does tend to operate on the periphery of matches at times, but he is capable of creating a goalscoring opportunity in an instant.
Gedion will be hoping to add more goals to his game, having opened his account for the club with a neat strike against Galatasaray in the UEFA Youth League.
Whilst some of the other players in his age group have gone out on loan, Gedion is expected to remain with Arsenal for the first half of the season at least, where he will continue to develop in the U21s, whilst also possessing intentions of featuring in the Capital One Cup.
Previously capped by Germany at youth level, Gedion has since switched his international allegiance to the United States, for whom he starred in the U20 World Cup in 2015.
Gedion has impressed for Arsenal’s first-team in several pre-season fixtures in the past and he will hope to become increasingly involved with Arsene Wenger’s side this campaign.
Name Gedion Zelalem
Nationality United States (U20)
First-team apps 2
U21 apps 34
U19 apps 11 (1 goal)
U18 apps 14 (1 goal)
Signed scholarship Summer 2013
Signed professional January 2014