Zelalem, who is just 19 years of age and plays as a midfielder, joined Scottish Championship outfit Rangers on loan from Arsenal in the summer of 2015.
The USA Under-23 international has played relatively well for the Gers this season and has helped them win the Scottish Championship title.
Karbassiyoon, a former Arsenal and Burnley player, has suggested that he is impressed with the progress of the highly-rated teenage midfielder at Ibrox.
“Now he’s on loan at Rangers this year, getting the chance to play first-team football regularly, understanding what it means to play for points, to be in a city where football is absolutely everything,” Karbassiyoon told Goal.com.
“To me, that is huge. It builds him as a person and not just as a footballer, to be able to deal with different things he’ll encounter in his career. Obviously, dealing with the Scottish second tier is another thing, the physical side of things, learning how to manage that side of the game is massively important as well.
“Everyone knows he is technically very gifted. He has a lot of points in the game that a lot people would die to have, but honing the physical aspect of the game is very important too.”
Zelalem’s performances for Rangers this season have been encouraging overall, and Arsenal fans should be optimistic about the youngster’s future prospects.
The American teenager certainly has a lot of potential, and it is only a matter of time before he gets to play for the Arsenal first team on a regular basis.
In Arsene Wenger, Zelalem has a manager who knows how to nurture and protect young players.