Ethiopia Keen on Arsenal Boy For Eagles Game

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Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem would be welcomed with open arms if he chooses to play for Ethiopia, his parents’ country of birth.The 16-year-old, labelled the “new Fabregas”, is also eligible to play for Germany and America.After Ethiopia’s 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in an African World Cup play-off first leg on Sunday, Zelalem wrote on social media site Twitter: “Still proud.”In response, Ethiopian foreign minister Adhanom Tedros wrote: “Hi Gedion… we hope you will play for Ethiopia soon.”Central midfielder Zelalem arrived at Arsenal in January and quickly made a big impression, starring in the club’s pre-season tour of Asia where he played in all four games in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.He also played in the Emirates Cup and the Germany youth international was named in Arsenal’s first-team squad for this season, although he is currently out with an injury.Ethiopia are keen for the highly-rated youngster to pledge allegiance to the Walyas but coach Sewnet Bishaw told Reuters he would not contact the player personally.“If he decides to play for Ethiopia and asks us, then things will be easy,” said Bishaw. (DEAR READER, you have the right to express your opinion here. What’s your opinion on the above story? Go down to the ‘comments’ area on this page and have your say now.) 

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