The former Manchester City youngster joined Arsenal after the North London side missed to reach a contract before the close of the previous window
Arsenal opened their 2021 winter transfer window in style after landing former Manchester City youngster who has ‘followed the footsteps of his brother’ Karim Rekik.
Omar Rekik has already been in the books of Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV and Marseille just like his brother did.
As said by the club, the teenager will be joining the U23 team after penning his professional contract with Gunners.
Being part of a £500,000 deal Arsenal has with Hertha Berlin, Rekik’s move to Arsenal become the 6th move since his football career kicked off as the kid is no more strange to switching teams.
With his contract as a Die Alte Dame already due to expire this summer, Arsenal were frontrunners to land the youngster following claims of Academy Chief, Per Mertesacker who dubbed the 19-year-old ‘future star’.
The versatile player who stars as both a center back and also a holding midfielder will play with Arsenal’s under 23 side but will also train with the first team if the opportunity comes by.
Upon completing the move, Rekik said; “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. “
Speaking on why he chose to move to North London, he continued; “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.
“Of course!” Rekik added when asked if Arsenal’s play pattern affected 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.”