Report: Arsenal will promote this promising youngster next season

The Gunners are planning to introduce Gedio Zelalem to the senior set-up on a permanent basis from this summer.

Any slim hope that Rangers might have had of keeping Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem on a long-term basis appear to have been dashed with the Telegraph reporting that Arsene Wenger plans to promote the teenager to his first-team squad this summer.

The 19-year-old German-born player joined the Gers on loan at the start of the season initially until January, but his stay at Ibrox was extended until the end of the season after impressing manager Mark Warburton.

The USA youth international has made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish Championship leaders this season but his late substitute appearance in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Raith Rovers was the first time he had featured in nearly two months.

However, despite his struggles during portions of the season to establish himself as a regular player for Rangers, the Telegraph claim that Wenger is keen to bring the talented youngster back to the Emirates.

It is thought that Zelalem, who has just two substitute appearances to his name for the Gunners first team to date, will be given the same sort of opportunities to prove himself as have been handed to breakthrough star Alex Iwobi in the current campaign.

Part of Wenger's thinking is probably that, as things stand, his midfield looks set to be considerably depleted in terms of options next season.

He brought in Mohamed Elneny in January, but Santi Cazorla's injury problems have taken their toll this term, and Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, and Tomas Rosicky are all set to leave the club this summer.

Zelalem will hope he can take advantage of that situation and move his name to the top of the list as the next burgeoning star on the conveyor belt of talent at the Premier League club.

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