Reports- Zelalem set for surprise loan move to Rangers


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Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem is being strongly linked with a surprise loan move to Rangers.

The 18-year-old, who was in inspired form for Arsenal U21s against Fulham last week, is reportedly set to join the Scottish Championship side.

The midfielder, who represented United States at the U20 World Cup, is the most experienced player in Arsenal’s U21 squad, having made 35 appearances at that level so far.

4 comments

  1. I won’t hold back any plans for Zelalem that will help him develop further and in time become a great asset for Arsenal’s First Team.

    But I worry that the “release” of so many good talents from the Gunners Youth teams may curb and dampen the potential of Arsenal’s youth teams to progress as a team and show positive results at the end of the season.

    So, better the individual successes than trophies for the teams?

    1. This is how its always been. Youth football is not about results its about development. Most youth players won’t make it at Arsenal so the best we can hope for is a few success stories make it out of the academy and into the first team. The fact that so many players are leaving on loan is actually a good indication of their talent; that theyre good enough to test themselves against real professionals and not just other youth teamers.

  2. A move to the less physical scottish 2nd div makes sense for Gedion’s development. As is playing for a club as massive as Rangers. Here’s Wenger:

    “From 18 to 20 the competition becomes very important for the players to feel they move forward,” Wenger said ahead Arsenal’s Super Sunday clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
    “In England you have created the under-21 league. I am not a fan of it because it is not the same as playing in competitive games – there is not the build-up, the pressure nor the results you have to stand up for.”

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/9952126/arsenal-boss-arsene-wenger-concerned-over-emergence-of-english-youth

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