Gedion Zelalem is believed to have a bright future at Arsenal, but it seems the youngster is open to a potential Emirates exit at the end of the season, according to the Express.
The 19-year-old has been enjoying an excellent season with Scottish side Rangers, most recently taking part in the Old Firm derby against Celtic. He has spoken about how happy he is at the club, and suggested that he wouldn’t be opposed to making a return there next season.
“Firstly I’m going to go back to pre-season with Arsenal and see how I do there. If it doesn’t work out there then this is another option,” he said.
“I haven’t spoken to the gaffer here yet about it but I’m sure that conversation will come up.
“This is what I wanted in football to play in these types of games and big derbies be it Arsenal v Tottenham or Rangers v Celtic.
“I’m living the dream and I hope to continue to do that.”
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He clearly suggests that if he’s given the opportunity then he’ll look to break into the Arsenal team, but with the competition ahead of him that could prove tricky.
Arsene Wenger is known to be a big fan of the teenager, with recent reports suggesting he was planning on giving him the chance to impress with the first team next season (via The Telegraph). If that doesn’t work out for him then we could see Zelalem move away from Arsenal on a more permanent basis, which at his age would be a real shame.
There have been suggestions that he doesn’t have the physical build to compete in the Premier League, but at just 19 there’s plenty of time for him to improve his physique. He’s definitely got the technical ability that Wenger looks for in a midfielder, so hopefully he grabs the chance he’s apparently set to be given next season.
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Having had a taste of regular first team football he’s obviously not going to want to give it up, but equally Wenger won’t want to let go of such a prodigious talent.