Omar Rekik has endured much frustration this year, but the second half of 2021 could prove to be very eventful for the centre-back.
After agreeing to join Arsenal last year, the move that took Rekik from Hertha Berlin to the Gunners was delayed until January because of a paperwork problem.
When the move did eventually materialise Rekik settled in well initially in training but was then hit with another blow as he suffered an injury that would keep him out of action until May.
Rekik finally made his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt as he came on for the final 14 minutes in the U23s’ last game of the season against West Ham United.
Since then Rekik, who previously played for the Netherlands at youth level, has become a senior international for Tunisia as he started in a friendly against Mali this week.
Rekik will hope that he will be able to make many more appearances for Tunisia in the near future, but his main focus will be on making an impact for Arsenal.
Even though he has only played fleetingly for the club, Rekik is very highly rated at London Colney, as evidenced by the fact that he has trained with the first-team whenever possible.
It isn’t guaranteed that he will make his first-team debut next season, but Rekik will certainly be amongst those ready to step in if there is an injury crisis at centre-back.
Rekik will mainly be playing for the U23s and the 19-year-old will look to establish himself as one of the club’s standout performers at that level.
A loan spell could follow at some point in 2022 but having had a frustrating start to life at Arsenal, Rekik is ready to get going now.