Arsene Wenger pleased with Gedion Zelalem's loan spell at Rangers

Rangers' Gedion Zelalem (R) in action with St Johnstone's Simon Lappin

The American talent spent most of last season on loan at Ibrox with Mark Warburton's Rangers.

Rangers' Gedion Zelalem (R) in action with St Johnstone's Simon LappinGedion Zelalem (R) in action with St Johnstone's Simon Lappin

Last season saw Rangers boss Mark Warburton utilise the loan market well in the Glasgow club’s successful fight to earn promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

One player that was brought in to Ibrox was Arsenal’s teenage midfield talent Gedion Zelalem.

The USA youth international, who has also represented Germany at international level, impressed at Ibrox – playing 28 times for Rangers.

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The 19-year-old is now back with Arsenal and currently on their pre-season tour of the USA.

Speaking to the press this week Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has explained he was happy with the teenager’s spell at Rangers and discussed his future – confirming he was likely to feature in Arsenal’s upcoming game with the MLS All-Stars. He is quoted by MLS Soccer as stating:

Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem during the warm upArsenal's Gedion Zelalem during the warm up

"Last season he was on loan at Glasgow Rangers, where he did quite well.

"He is a player with top quality. He might take a bit longer to mature because he was physically a little bit behind on body structure but I'm sure he will be a great player.

“Will he play [on Thursday]? Certainly [he'll be] part of the game."

Rangers, who also had the likes of Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa on loan at Ibrox last season, will surely be tempted to use the temporary market once again this summer.

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The fact Wenger is pleased with his young talent’s stay under the tutelage of Warburton will no doubt help Rangers’ reputation for nurturing young talent.

With that in mind, getting big clubs in England to send their players on loan to Glasgow should not be difficult for Rangers this summer, or in the future.

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