Zelalem signed a loan deal until January over the summer, and Arsenal ambassador Liam Brady has told the Herald that talks have already started with Rangers concerning the extending of the loan until the end of the campaign.
Brady, who used to be academy director at Arsenal, said: “I might come up for the Hibs game on Sunday and I will also be speaking to Mark [Warburton]. He keeps in close touch with the club and he has already made it known that he would like Gedion to stay for the second half of the season. 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.”
Whilst Wenger has the final say on Zelalem’s deal with Rangers, it is hard to see why the Gunners head coach would want to recall him to North London.
He has impressed with the Gers, but has yet to show he is ready for Premier League action, and Wenger certainly has no need to add another creative midfielder to his Arsenal first-team.
Zelalem appears happy to stay in Scotland, and manager Warburton has already told Arsenal that he is keen to extend the loan of the USA midfielder, having seen him play eight times.
The only real reason that Wenger could bring him back to the Emirates could be to then loan him out to a better competition, such as the English Championship, to continue his development in a higher quality league.
However, whilst Zelalem is happy at Ibrox, and is playing in a team who play to his strengths, it is hard to argue that recalling him and sending him elsewhere is a good idea.
All the signs point at Zelalem’s deal being extended until the end of the season, and the coming month should give a clear view of whether the midfielder will be staying at Ibrox for the entire campaign.