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Who is Omar Rekik? New Arsenal signing identified by Mertesacker

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rsenal newcomer Omar Rekik may only be 19, but he is no stranger to moving around.

Rekik has already been on the books of Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV and Marseille, often following in the footsteps of his older brother – Karim.

Karim left Hertha in the summer to join Sevilla and now his younger brother Omar is ready to leave Germany too.

The teenager would have left to join Arsenal in the summer, but the deal could not be done in time before the transfer window shut.

The Gunners, however, have kept in touch with Rekik and his representatives and now swooped to make him their first signing in January.

He will mainly play for the Under-23s, but could take part in first-team training when the opportunity presents itself.

Rekik usually plays as a left centre-back, however he is also able to operate as a holding midfielder too.

A powerful individual, who is good on the ball, Hertha had no issues including him in their match-day squads in the Bundesliga this season. 

Rekik’s contract was due to expire this summer, though, and, given he had no desire to sign a new one, it was decided by Hertha to sell him.

Arsenal have always been frontrunners for his signature, with academy chief Per Mertesacker identifying him as a future talent.

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Rekik has elected to play for Tunisia over the Netherlands.

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The German has a good relationship with his former national team-mate Arne Friedrich, who is now sporting director at Hertha Berlin, and that helped talks progress swiftly.

Arsenal previously loaned Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin in the summer and Rekik is the latest deal between the two clubs.


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