Arsenal were initially set to sign Omar Rekik at the end of the last transfer window in September but the move failed to materialise due to the paperwork not being completed on time.
Next month, however, Rekik is set to finally become an Arsenal player, with the 18-year-old centre-back poised to link up with the Gunners’ U23 squad initially.
Rekik has featured prominently for Hertha Berlin’s reserve side, while he has also been an unused substitute at first-team level.
The younger brother of Sevilla defender Karim, Rekik previously played for the Netherlands at youth level but was recently called up to the Tunisia senior squad.
Sokratis and William Saliba have been the regular pairing at centre-back for Arsenal U23s in recent weeks, but is is hoped that neither player will still be playing at that level in the second half of the season.
Joseph Olowu is back from his loan spell at Cork City but has barely featured of late, while Daniel Ballard and Harry Clarke could see their loans at Blackpool and Oldham respectively extended.
Rekik, therefore, could build up a partnership with Jonathan Dinzeyi at centre-back in the second half of the season.
Former Tottenham youngster Dinzeyi has been rather inconsistent since joining the club but could benefit from playing alongside Rekik, who is very highly regarded.