Speaking to the official Rangers website, Gedion Zelalem has discussed the similarities between the Gers and Arsenal, comparing the kind of work they get up to in training sessions.
When asked if there is any difference between the training sessions at Arsenal or Rangers, Zelalem said: “Not really, both teams do a lot of possession, finishing and small sided games so it is similar. “
Zelalem arrived at Rangers from Arsenal over the summer, agreeing a loan switch to Ibrox from Arsenal.
Despite having already played for the Gunners first-team, doubts remain with the young American, due to his slight frame and lack of physicality.
The loan move north of the border is perfect for Zelalem to grow up and develop in a more physical league, and the youngster has already shown an ability to come to terms with the Scottish Championship.
However, he is not playing for a side who plays physical football, with Mark Warburton bringing Zelalem to Rangers due to the fact that he is an Arsenal youth player.
He is extremely technically gifted, and has slotted perfectly into the Rangers midfield displaying his playmaking skills to great effect.
Considering the style of football Warburton plays, it is no surprise that Arsenal and Rangers share some striking similarities, and Zelalem has admitted that training sessions at both clubs are all based around technical skills.
Possession of the ball and small sided games are the norm for both the Gers and the Gunners, and the work Zelalem is doing with Rangers stands him in perfect stead to make the step up to Arsene Wenger’s first-team in the not too distant future.