Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem has been farmed out on a season-long loan to Scottish side Rangers, and the player was at Ibrox yesterday to see his new side beat Hibernian 1-0 and manager Mark Warburton has also confirmed the young Gunner will play under his this season, says the BBC.
Warburton spoke with BBC after the game yesterday that Zelalem will start training with the Rangers’ senior team on Monday (today).
“He will be training with us tomorrow and he will be part of the squad,” said Warburton.
“I am delighted to get hold of him. I’d like to welcome him on board. He is another young, very talented player.”
The 18-year old who has dual American and Germany nationality is one of Arsenal’s most promising youngsters tipped for a big future in the game. Zelalem had a taste of Champions League football last season with Arsenal in a Champions League qualifying tie against Galatasaray, after having made his debut earlier for the Gunners first team in an FA cup fixture in January 2014 under manager Arsene Wenger.
Gedion Zelalem at the game today! pic.twitter.com/nAwKKcfTjV
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Zelalem becomes the third player to arrive Rangers on loan from the English Premier League, with the others being Tottenham’s duo of Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball. The new Rangers boy has also joined the Arsenal loan army this summer, following in the footsteps of Yaya Sanogo who has been shipped off to Ajax Amsterdam, and Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden both now at Hull City. Carl Jenkinson has also returned to West Ham United for a second loan spell at the Boleyn Ground.
The Rangers loan will no doubt benefit Zelalem and Arsenal because boss of the Scottish club Mark Warburton operates an attractive passing style of football. Warburton displayed this during his spell as manager of English Championship outfit Brentford, hence, Zelalem will have the chance to flourish and enjoy playing for the manager.
Warburton will be hoping the United States Under-20 player helps return Rangers to the Scottish Premier League after a four-year hiatus.
Rangers’ supporters will also revel at the prospects of having Zelalem in their team, as the youngster has previously shown his class against Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in July during an Under-19 tournament in Durban South Africa.