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from @ussoccerfan00?


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I think he considers himself German. I'll tweet him pics and stuff to try and sway him.



If he makes a breakthrough at Arsenal, the only thing we have going for us (as in the U.S.) is the fact that the Germans can go four or five deep in midfield. He might be relegated to youth duty while with the U.S. he'd be a senior player. Though if he does make a breakthrough at 18 for Arsenal, he might be special enough for the Germans to move him to the senior team.


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Need to dust that one off and get to work on this shite. I'll also tweet Julian Green's dad


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Jebb had a nice FK goal today!

and yes, I completely agree

I wonder what will happen with akpom, gnabry, eisfeld, olsson and sanogo. surely one or two will go on loan.


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What position does he play?


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CAM


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as soon as he turned 16 and we could legally sign him, he was immediately in the starting lineup for our u21s and he's in our Asia tour squad with first teamers and gnabry, eisfeld, and olsson.


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Yeah, I'm not sure about breaking through there any time soon. Ozil 24, Gotze 21, Draxler 19, Max Meyer 17 are all full first team footballers in big leagues.


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no doubt. unclear how flexible he is positionally. not played anything but centrally for us. very athletic though. I know he was doing very well in HS track in Maryland as a freshman.


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Germany is loaded in central positions for years to come.

I'm skeptical of Zelalem's ability to breakthrough any time before he is 20, but if he does I'll be pleasantly surprised.


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I looked at his twitter and the first thing there was him referencing himself as a German with all the Arsenal Germans


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for sure. though it's clear arsene is fast-tracking him. wouldn't be surprised if he was playing in the Carling Cup this year, especially if Eisfeld goes on loan.


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He could become a fine player, but making it at Arsenal is super difficult. The only youth academy players that have made it in a realistic sense are truly world class players (Cole) or players on the track to become world class (Gibbs and Wilshere). We've let plenty of players go who go on and become productive elsewhere. Wenger likes to test players in different ways to see how they react. I imagine Zelalem is being exposed to first team football immediately because he has the size and athleticism to deal with it, and Wenger hopes the mental part of the game comes along with it. If he does have the mental part of the game, then he could probably make it, but if he doesn't he could go the way of other promising youth academy players plying their trade elsewhere.

ETA: Jury's still out on Szcznesy.
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true. hard to not get kinda excited though. can't remember wenger treating a new kid signing like him since Cesc. ryo was pretty close.


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can't remember wenger treating a new kid signing like him since Cesc


This is true, but Cesc was also special circumstance. Parlour, Vieria, and Edu all left within a year of one another, placing a massive void in midfield. We won't have that void, especially if we sign a CAM this summer.


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yeah, even if he possesses the requisite skill and mental ability, extremely unlikely he gets as lucky as Cesc did with injuries and breaking through making older players expendable.


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I'm all for slowplaying him so that when he inevitably gets his dream move to [insert current European giant] we will have at least got him til he was 23.


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Video off Arsenal.com with Lukas Podolski singing(sort of) "I'm Different" by SB favorite 2 Chainz. LINK
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some rumors we might be in for Brazilian winger Bernard who plays for Atletico Mineiro. he's got a number of suitors though.


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Liverpool have been linked with him a lot as well


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