According to reports, Arsene Wenger will decide whether to loan out Gideon Zelalem in the next 24 hours.

The young midfielder was linked with a move to the Bundesliga last week but it was thought that Wenger doesn’t want to let the player leave.

However, the manager could change his mind and the Telegraaf via the Daily Star claims Wenger is now considering if he should allow the midfielder leave on a temporary deal or not. The report claims a deal could be announced in the next 24 hours if Wenger decides letting him leave is best for his development.

Dutch side VVV-Venlo are waiting on the wings to take the midfielder on loan and have approached Arsenal about signing the 19 year old already. They are the player’s likeliest destination if Wenger decides to loan the player but will have to wait for Wenger to make a decision.

Zelalem is highly rated at Arsenal and is being touted to become a key member of our first team in the future but he has found it difficult to force his way into Wenger’s plans this season and a temporary move to a team where he can play regularly will definitely be the best option for him.

The midfielder has made just four appearances for Arsenal this season but he is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League and would definitely benefit from moving to VVV-Venlo.

However, Wenger could decide against loaning him out considering we will be without Granit Xhaka who is suspended for the next four games, Mohammed Elneny who is on international duty and Santi Cazorla who is out injured.

Zelalem could therefore stay to provide cover for Coquelin and Ramsey who are our only fit senior centre midfielders at the moment.


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