By Tony Attwood
Arsenal have agreed to loan Gedion Zelalem to Rangers until January or for the whole season. With every position in the first team covered not just covered by a back up player but also by players who can play well in more than one position, promising youngsters are going through the academy to learn to play the Arsenal way, and then going on loan, to get serious first team experience. They are not being held back from loans just to play in the league cup, as used to be the way, because we now have a lot of first team squad members who will want those games.
Zelalem is 18, and played in the reserve match at the Emirates last Friday.
The Daily Record has a video of the goal from the Fulham reserve game and believe me you really should watch this. Zelalem (who as we earlier reported decided recently to play internationally for the US not Germany) made his debut for Arsenal when 16 in the FA Cup against Coventry City in January 2014 and was in the Champions League squad at Galatasaray last season.
One of the benefits he will have is that he will play in front of large crowds in the Scottish Championship (the second tier) and be part of what is at the moment most certainly a winning team. Rangers have played four, won four and scored 17 in the league cup and second tier of Scottish football this season. Over 49,000 turned up for their last home league match, against St Mirren.
Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom are at Hull City (the latter playing brilliantly), Danny Crowley at Barnsley, Jon Toral at Birmingham City and Serge Gnabry has gone to West Bromwich Albion.