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In our latest addition of soccer players excelling at other sports -- following up on Monaco's Radamel Falcao
in a batting cage
and Roma's Miralem Pjanic
kicking field goals
-- we find Arsenal's he 17-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem
getting hugged by Thierry Henry
for his basketball prowess.
Zelalem, who was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents but raised in Maryland, started for Arsenal in its 1-0
loss to the New York Red Bulls.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
recently said of Zelalem, who is reportedly seeking U.S. citizenship, "He is a player with a good eye and
good technique and is very agile. He has the ambition to find the ball on the field. So he's the kind of player who could be of use to the United States. He's in some ways the type of player the U.S.
was missing in the World Cup."
Zelalem also seems to know his way around a basketball court, as we see here when he stole the spotlight from Henry and Arsenal star Aaron