The 18-year-old was recently featured in an article listing the top 10 teenagers in the world right now but according to him that doesn’t mean he is the finished product. 

He feels he is already developing under the man management of his new boss and his parent club are combining with Rangers to move his game up to the next level.  

Zelalem said: “Arsenal always text me when there is a scout coming to watch so they know I am progressing, even in training because they talk to the gaffer so they know how I’m training. 

“That would be the first-team coaches speaking to the manager here and they will watch my games too so hopefully Arsene Wenger will get good feedback about me. 

“The problem with some clubs is that they put your out on loan and forget about you but that is where Arsenal are different; it’s not just me they keep an eye on everyone and don’t forget them. 

“Mark Warburton has told me I need to work on my defensive game, trying to get up to the ball quicker and tracking my runners – all stuff you have to do at the top level, especially in the Premier League. 

“That was what he was saying to me in those pictures of us sitting down on the training field, that Arsenal know I am good on the ball and creating chances but they want to see more from me defensively. 

“It helps that the manager talks to you individually so that you know what he wants from you, especially as a young player.”

Zelalem’s stint at Ibrox is his first taste of full time first-team football and he confesses it hasn’t been a seamless transition from the Premier League’s under-21 level to the Scottish Championship. 

That doesn’t mean he’s not enjoying it though and he thinks the pressure and expectancy of Ibrox is not only developing his overall game but preparing him for a career at the Emirates. 

The midfielder continued: “This is very different; the pressure is really high, especially here where it’s maybe on you more than at other teams. 

“There are 50,000 fans that will get on your back if you’re not performing well, so it is different pressure but it’s good for me. 

“Having a crowd there is definitely a lot more motivation because in an under-21s game you can become quite complacent. 

“That level is good for development when you are 16 or 17 but when you are 18 or 19 you have to push yourself to go out on loan and play first-team football.”

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