Liam Brady explains why Arsenal extended Gedion Zelalem's Rangers loan spell, and discusses what he hopes to see from youngster

The 18-year-old has been impressive since joining Mark Warburton's side.

Arsenal ambassador Liam Brady has explained that the Gunners never considered not allowing exciting prospect Gedion Zelalem to extend his loan spell at Rangers until the end of the season, according to the Evening Times.

The Gers confirmed last week that the 18-year-old would stay at Ibrox until the end of the season in an attempt to help the club secure their return to the Scottish Premiership (via Evening Times). 

And Brady has shed light on why the north London side decided to send the American to Rangers, and how easy a decision it was to make to extend his deal until the end of the campaign. 

"The style of play was one of the factors that attracted us to send him to Rangers. We know Mark and how his teams play from his time at Brentford," he told the Evening Times.

"We didn't entertain anything else once we established from Gedion that he was happy to stay. We made it clear that that was what was going to happen. It was an easy deal to get sorted."

While Zelalem has been mightily impressive since joining Mark Warburton's side, Brady insisted that his parent club are hoping to see the youngster elevate his game to another level in the coming months. 

"What we would like him to do now is have more of an influence on games that he plays in," he added.

"He knows the league now, he knows the pressure of playing with Rangers and we want to see progress."

Although Rangers currently sit three points clear at the top of the table, and appear on course to return to the top flight, Zelalem has yet to score for the club from 16 appearances in all competitions. 

Nevertheless, being a part of a side that is under pressure to win all of the games they play should help the youngster immensely upon his return to England as he attempts to prove to Arsene Wenger that he deserves a chance for the Gunners. 

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