Mar 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT
Former Maryland native Gedion Zelalem is close to sealing his long-term future at Premier League giants Arsenal.
According to reports from Sky Sports, the German youth international, who lived in the D.C. area during his formative years and is eligible to play for the USA, is set to be offered a lucrative new deal to pledge his future to the Gunners.
Zelalem, 17, has already made his debut for Arsenal’s first team in the FA Cup this year and has been on the bench a handful of times in the PL.
Manager Arsene Wenger is said to be a big fan of the young midfielder who is highly rated to become a star of the future at the Emirates. Zelalem has dazzled in the PL U-21 league and FA youth cup this season and is on his way to being fast-tracked into Arsenal’s first team squad.
With ties to the U.S. and Jurgen Klinsmann keen to keep an eye on the German born midfielder, it seems like Zelalem has an extremely bright future in the game.
American soccer fans, and those who follow Arsenal, will be extremely pleased to see Zelalem extend his stay with the Gunners.
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