Official: Arsenal Agree To Extend Deal For 18-year-old Midfield Wonderkid


Arsenal have agreed to let Gedion Zelalem remain on loan at Rangers until the end of the season. The original deal was set to expire this month.

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The 18-year-old midfielder has made 15 appearances for Rangers, impressing with several assists during that time.

Zelalem made quite the impression when bursting onto the scene in pre-season more than two years ago, but injury problems restricted his progression last season. Despite the setback, this spell at Rangers is proving to be successful, although questions can rightly be raised about the level of football he is playing at.

The USA under-23 international will hope that following this loan spell, he can work his way into the first team next season, with a number of central midfielders set to leave the club. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are all expected to be released at the end of the current campaign.

Is Zelalem good enough to have a long-term future at the club? I feel like we’ve known him for ages, but he’s still only 18, leaving plenty of time for him to find his feet and develop weaker areas of his game.

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