ARSENAL fans were left gutted yesterday when Gedion Zelalem left to join MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City.
Zelalem, 22, joined the Gunners academy in 2013 and became their youngest ever FA Cup player, making his bow for the club in a fourth-round clash with Coventry aged 16 years and 363 days.
The German-born American has enjoyed two loan spells away from the Emirates in the last four years.
He first joined Rangers in 2015, where he made 28 appearances, before moving to Dutch side VVV-Venlo in January 2017.
Zelalem has also represented USA’s under-23 side on five occasions.
But yesterday his Arsenal career came to an end as he completed a free transfer to Sporting.
And Gunners fans were very sad to the midfielder go.
One posted on Twitter: “Shame we couldn’t give him more of a chance. Think he’ll really make a name for himself in the MLS.”
Another chipped in with: “Such a shame he didn’t make it, he had potential.”
One other supporter said: “Gutted, thought he was going to be the real deal.”
“I’m very proud of our supporters, they pushed us a lot and this is a big result and they created a big atmosphere for our players”
Arsenal boosted their chances of finishing in the top four by picking up a 2-0 win at home to Manchester United on Sunday.
Granit Xhaka fired them in front when his shot swerved past a bamboozled David De Gea and into the back of the net, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the win from the penalty spot after Fred was deemed to have brought down Alexandre Lacazette inside the box.
And Emery was delighted with the victory.
“I’m very proud of our supporters, they pushed us a lot and this is a big result and they created a big atmosphere for our players,” he told Sky Sports.
“They [United] were in a good moment after one result against PSG but we had a big performance and we are in a good moment in the Premier League. To take three points and get a good position for our target is very good and I’m happy for the players.
“We can use different systems and different players and today we changed the system, after two matches away. For us it is very important that every supporter helps like they did today.
“Being competitive like today for 90 minutes can give us a stronger mentality. We are going to think of the next Premier League match, against Newcastle here but that is in three weeks and now our focus is the Europa League on Thursday.
“That is a very important match after what happened away (losing 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg). I hope a lot of supporters come here and make the stadium full to create this atmosphere.”