Young Gedion Zelalem has revealed he’s back training with the first team as he looks to make his professional debut against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday.
The Germanic Abyssinian (copyright @arseblog), who impressed during the pre-season tour of the Far East, missed Arsenal’s third round penalty shootout victory over West Bromwich Albion with a knee injury but has been back training at London Colney for ten days after six weeks on the sidelines.
Taking to Twitter this afternoon the 16-year-old excitedly remarked: “Nice to be back with the first team again!”
It remains to be seen whether Zelalem is included in the squad to take on Jose Mourinho’s Blues. Most likely he’ll be on the bench with a few of the younger guys who made their mark at the Hawthorns.
Zelalem will be 16 years, 9 months, 3 days when Chelsea visit the Emirates next week meaning he’d be the second youngest ever player, after Jack Wilshere, to play for the club.
It would be a great achievement for the teenager if he did get playing time, but not uncharted territory for other members of the current squad; the likes of Chuba Akpom, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Serge Gnabry all made debuts at 17.