Arsenal loans Zelalem to Rangers

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Gedion Zelalem is headed to Glasgow in search of playing time.

Arsenal has loaned the U.S. youth international to second-tier Scottish side Rangers until January, the clubs announced Monday. Zelalem, 18, has played two competitive matches for Arsenal's first team since joining the club's youth setup in 2013.

The central midfielder, who was born in Germany but spent much of his youth living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., received FIFA approval to represent the United States in May and promptly played for the Americans in this summer's U-20 World Cup. He previously had represented Germany at the youth level.

By signing with Rangers, Zelalem follows in the footsteps of Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley as Americans to play for the Glasgow-based club.


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