Duncan Barr – Chief Editor
•Gedion Zelalem joined Arsenal at 16 and burst onto the scene in 2013 preseason
•Now aged 19, Zelalem has grown frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities
The British Tide has learned that Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is set to join Borussia Mönchengladbach on a permanent move during the current transfer window.
The 19-year-old USA national has found minutes hard to come by this season having only made two brief cameos in the EFL cup for Arsenal’s first team. The youngster was an unused sub for Arsenal’s reserves during their last outing in the Premier League 2. Last term, Zelalem enjoyed a successful season-long loan spell at Rangers in the Scottish Championship.
We understand that Zelalem is “not content” with his situation at Arsenal as he has not been training with the first team frequently either. Borussia Mönchengladbach are in advanced talks with Zelalem over a move to Borussia Park to help rebuild the team, following their latest decline.
However, the Bundesliga side are pursuing a deal that involves Zelalem heading out on an immediate loan to a Dutch side for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.
The creative midfielder has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at Arsenal, but he could seal the move as he searches for first team football.
Sources close to the deal have informed us that the talks are going well, but no decision has been made.