Rangers win battle for Arsenal starlet

The new Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton is extremely pleased that the Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem has decided to move up to Scotland for the whole of this season, rather than move to one of the Championship clubs that were competing for his signature.

The 18 year-old is hoping to beef himself up during a tough season in the Scottish Championship, where they are favourites to win automatic promotion back to the Scottish Premier League. Zelalem will be unveiled before tomorrow’s home match against Hibernians and will get a taste of the incredible atmosphere with over 50,000 fans expected at Ibrox.

Warburton is a Tottenham fan and has also brought in two loanees from Spurs in Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball, and they can all expect some game time at the Scottish giants. Warburton has a large squad and made five changes from last weekends side for the midweek trip to Alloa, and has promised every a chance to shine. He said: “Players expecting to keep their place automatically? If we had that situation we are dead, we really are. It’s got to be about the squad.

“We had a really tight squad last year at Brentford and used the fewest number of players in the entire Football League. You must ensure your entire squad can feel, touch and taste the first team.

“If you’re turning up for work and you’ve no chance of getting to the first team then we’ve created the wrong working environment.

“We’re nearly there in terms of numbers and if we have a problem and the window is still open we will move.”

Zelalem may have more chance of plaing than others as Warburton was quick to praise the USA U20 international. Warburton said: “He’s an extremely talented ball player who sees a pass, is very creative and one of the young gems at Arsenal.

“He’s a No.8 or a 10, slight in frame but very clever.”

We all hope that he buckles down and spends a lot of time on the pitch and in the gym. He could easily be an Arsenal first team player in the next few years….

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    1. in a window when Uncle Wenger says there are no top qualities available…… ALot of premier league teams have made very good buys ………There’s no denying it…… Where is Arsenal in all of this???????

      1. It says a lot about you that you can do nothing but spout negative drivel on an article about an exciting youth player. If all you want to do is whinge, you could at least have the decency to do it somewhere relevant.

    1. hopefully when he comes back, we will be a new arsenal with a new top class manager who can actually make him shine and not be like that average guy fabregas….an iniesta maybe

  1. Good luck to him. Big fan of his here in the States, and making men’s US national team next logical progression. Solid performances with national squad will carry more weight, and I’m eager to see Zelalem challenging Bradley for that spot.

    He’ll need all that luck and more to win place at Arsenal. Unfortunately Arsene doesn’t rate Americans, but I’m hopeful talent will supercede nationality.

    1. @Durand
      Kind of unfair to claim that AW doesn’t rate American players, just because Bradley and his dad felt that AW should have signed Michael.
      Dude has been to like 7 teams in 10 years and failed to impress at any of them. He does excel when he plays for the national team, but thats about it…

      1. @NY

        It’s a fair statement when taken as a whole. Bradley was latest example, but not a great one b/c I agree with you on Bradley ‘ s performances.
        His comments over the years imply the same. Not a lot of American talent currently to be fair, but I still stand by my comment.
        Nice to debate here without insults or accusing each other of not being a supporter. Appreciate the decency NY Gunner

  2. How on the earth Rangers are in 2nd division at scot?? Aren’t them the must popular team over there?? At least in my eyes. #AllTheBestKid

  3. in a window when Uncle Wenger says there are no top qualities available…… ALot of premier league teams have made very good buys ………There’s no denying it…… Where is Arsenal in all of this???????

  4. Congratulations to the lad, the Rangers fans are very excited about this and will give him a welcome to be remembered.

    1. Sure why won’t they be happy?…we have given out something valuable…. Not only to rangers, but to some other teams in the premiership…. Aside Cech, what else have we taken from em his window?

  5. OT
    West ham lost st home to bournemouth.
    1. I am happy cuz it means our loss to them really as a rare issue.
    2. I am mad cuz we could have beaten them then…I mean bournemouth no disrespect beat them in their backyad

    1. Funny I was waiting for one to post the result… but it got too long, so decided to post itself.

  6. Off Topic
    What a day in the Premier League….
    Manchester United Held By Newcastle
    West Ham lost to Bournemouth 3-4, not a good day for Jenks though, but what a crazy game
    Leicester held by Spurs
    Swansea held by Sunderland
    Only Crystal Palace survived in dying minutes against Villa
    Hope Everton can grind out a draw against City to slow them down…. Seems impossible but its the Premier League
    But we still need those 3 points to climb up the table… I believe if Arsenal can show a similar display as against Crystal Palace(with bit more effectiveness), they can win the match

      1. Funny thing I didn’t realized it in the first moment… I was typing it in the context that most of the table toppers dropped points.

  7. Good luck Zelalem just be humble for the one who humbles himself will be exalted and tge one who exalts himself will be humbled.But still i just hope Wenger makes the right decisions this season.He even needs it i tell you.If he can not get the player he wants he should just get someone better than we have because it sure is better than nothing.

  8. Toral, Akpom, Hayden, Silva, Crowley, Maitland-Niules and now Zelalem. Lots of reasons to keep my SKY Sports subscription for another year.

  9. Gudlucky to hm tho to b honest I’m worried about hs size. Not sure it wl manage in th center of Midfield

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