Arsenal have confirmed the £1m signing of 19-year-old defender Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin.
Capped by Holland at under-18 level and Tunisia at under-21s, the centre-back joins the Gunners after a nomadic six years which has also included stints at Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille.
We had hoped to get a deal done for the youngster in the summer but we couldn’t get the paperwork done in time. Omar’s older brother, Karim, departed Hertha in the summer transfer window, sealing a €15 million move to Sevilla.
We’re expecting Rekik to bolster the under-23s at a time when several of our Academy youngsters have gone out on loan. He started training with them earlier this week.
Welcome to the Arsenal, Omar. It’s all in the game, yo.
Our first Tunisian? Welcome Omar and best of luck for the future.
We had Hatem Trabelsi on trial in 2004 and came very close to signing, he was even included in the squad on Pro Evo (before returning to Ajax), does that count?!
Was it a trial? That man was already flying up and down that right wing in the champions league for Ajax. One of the best attacking fullbacks already
Think Arsenal was concerned about his health issues ( heart problem i think)
There was that time we nearly signed trabelsi….😉
that’s a lot of clubs for a 19 year old! Welcome Omar
Omar don’t scare.
I hope he’s not raggedy.
“Couldn’t get the paperwork done in-time in the summer”
Has someone checked our fax machine since then?
Raul had it set to shred…
Fax machine is fine, yo.
ATOL protected, ATOL protected.
Need some life coaching Andy?
Is this going to be another singing that’s not quite good enough and gets loaned out?? Need players for now as well as future
No he was too cheap for that
At least it’s not 28m
Until he turns £29m. That’s how it works.
Under 23s… “How you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with puppies.”
Looks like another Saliba deal, but 26m cheaper and lower wages. Nice!
Or Mavropanos even.
Interesting that we have to pay £1m for U-23 cover because we’ve sent everyone else out on loan?
Hopefully he can Rekik or season into gear
Omar god that was terrible.
I hope he will not get us into trabelsi
Hopes he can Tunesia into our style than expected, and become a star for the future.
Very very nice – not enough quality puns happening recently so it’s good to see a soldier stepping up
The reported £1 million fee will be about our limit given the terrible financial position we’re now in!
Nonsense! We just borrowed 120 mil from the government. There’s a stonking 119 mil left to for us to spaff up the wall.
Kia’s called dibs on most of that cash mate. Sorry.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase.
Welcome to the game, Omar!
That’s a reference to something, is it?
Ahhhh so that’s what the article was referencing.
I felt the show (like the Sopranos) was a bit overrated but it did have many defining moments.
Re-up! Omar comin
‘There’s nothing like this’ signing for TheArsenal 😉
Welcome to The Arsenal Omar!
Good… was just thinking we don’t have enough centre backs!… I know, one for the future.
This is great..for someone i guess..But why?
We get him for 1 million. Loan him out for few years, if he is good we keep him. If not, we sell him for 2-5 million in few years.
Made in Chelsea style
Oh look, another 19 year old defender who’s head we can fuck up.
Wonderful The Wire reference AAllenSport
the cheese stands alone.
Hey yo OMAR COMING!
RUBBER DINGHY RAPIDS BROTHER OMAR
You’re not a good boy either