Premier League giants Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed the departure of midfielder Gedion Zelalem for MLS outfit Sporting KC.
Zelalem, a 22-year-old deep-lying midfielder, joined Arsenal’s youth setup in 2013, from American membership Olney Rangers.
After impressing throughout his first season on the books of the Gunners, the German-born starlet quickly caught the attention of Arsene Wenger, along with his presence within the membership’s first-team squad at the start of the 2013-14 marketing campaign having seen Zelalem rapidly labelled as one of many most-promising younger abilities on the Emirates.
Nevertheless, the one-time Hertha Berlin youth by no means really kicked-on over time that adopted, with Zelalem having subsequently gone on to handle simply four appearances as a part of Arsenal’s senior facet, all of which got here instead.
As such, he was farmed out on a pair of mortgage stints with Rangers and VVV-Venlo over current seasons.
Sporting KC change
However, with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny and extra nonetheless firmly forward of Zelalem within the midfield pecking order in North London, the teen’s departure from Arsenal on a everlasting foundation has this afternoon been made official.
The 22-year-old, who has twin citizenship between Germany and the US, and has represented each at underage degree, has made the transfer to MLS outfit Sporting Kansas Metropolis.
Zelalem has penned a one-year cope with the Missouri-based outfit, with Sporting holding membership choices for the subsequent two campaigns.
🇺🇸 Better of luck at @SportingKC, Gedion 👊 https://t.co/YtACivjKso
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) March 11, 2019
It’s official. @Arsenal ➡️ #SportingKC#WelcomeToSporting Gedion!
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— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) March 11, 2019
Sporting KC Supervisor and Sporting Director Peter Vermes had the next to say relating to Zelalem’s arrival:
‘Gedion is a proficient participant and we’re excited to welcome him to the membership. We sit up for his integration into the squad because the group competes in a number of competitions all through the season.’
Quotes by way of SportingKC.com
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