Arsenal are set to hold a meeting to discuss the future of Gedion Zelalem next month, with the midfielder currently on loan with Scottish side Rangers, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.
Our youth prospects didn’t exactly shower themselves in glory this past Tuesday night, and nobody really impressed against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup. Zelalem has been hugely impressive on loan with Rangers however, and the club are clearly hoping to keep him on beyond his current loan deal – which expires on the 4th of January (via the Evening Times).
The final decision is Arsene Wenger’s however, and if we continue picking up injuries at the rate we have been then the manager may need the 18-year-old back at the Emirates.
“I think if Gedion is happy to stay then we would look favourably on that. But it will be entirely up to Arsene Wenger at the end of the day,” said Rangers’ assistant manager – and former academy director at Arsenal – Liam Brady.
“I think by the end of November we will have a meeting about all our loan players and see how they are doing.
“We have to evaluate the next transfer window. Gedion will be one of those we discuss. A lot depends on how Gedion himself feels.”
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Zelalem is hugely promising, and regular first team football is no doubt benefiting him hugely. A spell in Scotland is likely to be particularly beneficial, as it is arguably the league that will prepare him best for the physicality of the Premier League.
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Wenger certainly won’t want to bring the USA international back to the club just to sit on the bench, but if he feels the youngster is ready to make the step up then fantastic.