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 club Olney Rangers.
After impressing during his first season on the books of the Gunners, the German-born starlet soon caught the eye of Arsene Wenger, with his presence in the club’s first-team squad at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign having seen Zelalem quickly labelled as one of the most-promising young talents at the Emirates.
However, the one-time Hertha Berlin youth never truly kicked-on over the years that followed, with Zelalem having subsequently gone on to manage just 4 appearances as part of Arsenal’s senior side, all of which came as a substitute.
As such, he was farmed out on a pair of loan stints with Rangers and VVV-Venlo over recent seasons.
Sporting KC switch
But, with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny and more still firmly ahead of Zelalem in the midfield pecking order in North London, the youngster’s departure from Arsenal on a permanent basis has this afternoon been made official.
The 22-year-old, who has dual citizenship between Germany and the United States, and has represented both at underage level, has made the move to MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City.
Zelalem has penned a one-year deal with the Missouri-based outfit, with Sporting holding club options for the next two campaigns.
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Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes had the following to say regarding Zelalem’s arrival:
‘Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club. We look forward to his integration into the squad as the team competes in multiple competitions throughout the season.’
Quotes via SportingKC.com