Exciting young Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been afforded the opportunity to gain valuable first-team experience away from the club after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Scottish giants Rangers.
Although neither club have confirmed the transfer, the Daily Record report that it has been completed, while Rangers manager Mark Warburton revealed on Friday that he expected to acquire the player within 24 hours.
“We’re getting very close and hopefully there will be news in the next 24 hours but he won’t feature on Sunday because it’s important any players who come into the squad get a chance to know them first,” said Warburton.
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“He’s an extremely talented ball player who sees a pass, is very creative and one of the young gems at Arsenal.”
He added: “He’s either a No 8 or No 10, a creator, who is good on the ball, slight in frame but a very clever footballer.
“He has work to do but he’s going out on loan to develop. He is nowhere near the finished article and we’ve got to help his development. I’m sure he’ll play a big role for us.”
It will be interesting to see how quickly Zelalem is introduced into the Rangers team but he and Arsene Wenger will be hopeful Warburton utilises him as much as possible over the course of the campaign.
The 18-year-old made history when he became the first Arsenal player to appear for the senior side who was born after Arsene Wenger took charge in north London - quite a stat - and much is expected of him at the Emirates Stadium.
He is yet to play in the Premier League and has just the two first-team appearances to his name but, such is the congestion in terms of the battle for midfield places, there has been little chance for the youngster to appear more regularly.
What he has now is a great chance to express himself at Ibrox and demonstrate regularly what a talent he is - something he was able to show while representing the USA at the under-20 World Cup earlier this summer.
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