The midfielder, who is on-loan at Scottish giants Rangers until January, earned rave reviews following his debut for the club against Airdrieonians in midweek as he registered two assists in the 5-0 victory and was compared to the two midfield greats in the aftermath of the game.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game against Queen of the South on Sunday, Zelalem says he hopes to one day be considered as good as his two idols:
“It’s great being compared to Pirlo. Who doesn’t want to be compared to him?” the United States U20 international said.
“I still have a long way to go to be at the same level as them, but I definitely think I will reach that level,” Zelalem added.
The 18-year-old is highly-rated at the Emirates Stadium and manager Arsene Wenger handed the youngster a debut in an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Coventry City during the 2013-14 campaign and will he hoping to use this loan spell in Scotland to help him break into the first-team upon his return.
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