Gedion Zelalem says that Jon Toral recommended he join up with Mark Warburton

Gedion Zelalem

The Arsenal midfielder has joined Rangers until January after hearing good things from a former Brentford player.

Arsenal's young midfield talent Gedion Zelalem has completed a loan move to Scottish Rangers until January, and he quickly gave his reasons for joining the Glasgow club, in an interview with the club's official site.

“This is a great opportunity for me at a massive club," he told the Gers site. "I was at the Hibernian game and the fans were incredible, so I’m looking forward to playing here.

“Playing in front of 50,000 fans will replicate what it will be like at Arsenal, and the media spotlight is also similar.

“The manager wants to play great football too, and they were all factors in my decision to come here.

“Everyone knows the name ‘Glasgow Rangers’ so right away I was interested.”

Zelalem made sure he spoke to one of his Arsenal youth teammates before moving to Mark Warburton's side, as he revealed that Jon Toral, who worked under the Englishman at Brentford last season, was very positive about the former Bees boss.

“The manager trusts young players – and you saw that in his time at Brentford," he said. "Jon Toral was on loan there last year, and he also plays for Arsenal, so I spoke to him and he had nothing but great things to say about the manager.

Zelalem could well make his first competitive club start while at the Gers, having long been touted as one of the most promising jewels in the Gunners academy. To date, the playmaker has two substitute appearances for Arsenal, once against Coventry City in the FA Cup in early 2014, and then last season against Galatasaray in the Champions League.

The 18-year-old spent much of his international youth career turning out for Germany, the country of his birth, but this year Zelalem switched allegiance to play for the US, where he spent a large portion of his childhood, and he featured in the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer.

What will be good news for Rangers, Arsenal, and the player himself, is that Zelalem will now be featuring at Ibrox in front of 50,000 passionate Gers supporters.

And the midfielder has already noticed that Mark Warburton's training and playing style is perfect for him as a young Arsenal player, while praising the facilities at the club as top class.

“The training is similar to what we do at Arsenal – everything is on the ground with possession-based stuff, so I’m getting used to it very quickly," he added.

“Before I came, I had a look at the facilities the club has and they looked incredible, but you’re never sure until you are actually there.

“It’s definitely Champions League level though.”

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