Gedion Zelalem is on the verge of completing a successful season-long loan spell with Rangers and the Arsenal midfielder has admitted that he could return to the Scottish club nest summer on another temporary deal. The United States U23 international is coming off an impressive loan spell, which culminated in the club securing promotion to the Scottish Premier League.
Moreover, the midfielder was one of the goal scorers from the spot when Rangers beat Celtic to make the Scottish Cup final 5-4 on penalties on Sunday (17 April). Zelalem initially signed on loan until January, but his impressive performances earned him a further extension until the end of the season. The 19-year-old midfielder has admitted that he is keen to continue to play at the highest level and feature in more derby matches be it in the Premier League or the Scottish League.
The US youth team star, who has contributed eight assists in 24 games thus far this season, is highly rated by Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, and could be given a chance to break into the first-team during the pre-season tour. But the midfielder could have his path blocked by Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. In that case, Zelalem is keen to return to the Scottish League.
"Firstly I'm going to go back to pre-season with Arsenal and see how I do there. If it doesn't work out there then this is another option," Zelalem said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"I haven't spoken to the gaffer here yet about it but I'm sure that conversation will come up."
"This is what I wanted in football to play in these types of games and big derbies be it Arsenal v Tottenham or Rangers v Celtic. I'm living the dream and I hope to continue to do that," the young Gunners midfielder added.