Hertha Berlin’s defender, Omar Rekik, has officially joined the Gunners for a reported £540,000 fee.
The 19-year-old Tunisian also had periods in the youth academies of
Feyenoord, PSV, Manchester City,
before joining the German side.
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The Gunners have been scouting the highly-rated defender for some time, and although they failed to seal a deal in the summer, they have finally completed the deal as their first January signing.
"It feels great to be here after a long time of hard work. It feels great. I moved in three weeks ago and I’ve been in quarantine, so I can’t wait to get started,"
"The warmth of the people and the interest that they showed in me, and of course, when a club like Arsenal is interested, I don’t think anyone needs to think twice.
"I’m a winner. I always want to win, and that’s with everything, not only football, ever since I was a kid. My style of play? I’m a central defender and I like to play with the ball, I like to play out from the back, and I think this is also the structure of the club. It fits perfectly."
side's playing style played a key role in his decision.
"With Mikel Arteta, if you watch the games, he’s not a coach who thinks quickly to play a long ball. Of course, when needed, you have to do it, but I think the style of play fits,"
"As a young player, you need to play somewhere where they’re not afraid to give you a chance and you can see a lot of youth players have broken through here, and I want to be the next one."
The Dutch defender will join the Gunners u-23 team to help his adaptation process, as well as training with the first-team squad.