Gedion Zelalem says Rangers loan made him a better player

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

The Arsenal youngster spent last season on loan at Ibrox, where he impressed in Mark Warburton's side.

Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem (L) in action with Chelsea's Jake Clarke SalterArsenal's Gedion Zelalem (L) in action with Chelsea's Jake Clarke Salter

Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem has told ESPN that his time at Rangers last season helped him develop into a better player. 

The midfielder joined Mark Warburton’s side on loan last summer as they sought to build a squad capable of returning to the Scottish Premiership.

They did just that, with Zelalem going on to make 28 appearances in total and play a key role in their promotion winning campaign.

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

And he believes that the spell with Gers has prepared him for the Premier League, saying he learned a lot on the pitch, while the physicality of Scotland’s second tier improved him physically.

"It helped me a lot, playing in front of 50,000 [fans] every week," he told ESPN.

"Just being a first-team player, the big media press around Scotland was massive as well. I learned a lot on the pitch, to play quicker. It helped physically as well. I'm happy with it."

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

It now remains to be seen if Zelalem can make the breakthrough into the Arsenal first team in future.

He is currently on their pre-season tour of the USA and could feature in the MLS All-Star game this week and will be hoping to stake his claim to Arsene Wenger.

He faces a fight to do so though, with the Arsenal midfield packed full of top talent already, and perhaps another loan spell would be the best way for him to stake his claim.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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