Arsenal’s first January signing flies into London

It is being reported that Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window has now arrived in London to complete his move to the Gunners as reported by the Arsenal Youth Expert Jeorge Bird yesterday on Twitter.

According to reports the transfer of Omar Rekik was agreed in the summer, after being included in talks that saw Matteo Guendouzi move to Hertha Berlin on a one-year loan.

The 20 year-old defender is an established Tunisian international at the tender age of 18, although he was born in Holland and started his youth career at the Dutch giants Feyenoord.

The reported fee agreed is £900,000 (1m euros) and it shouldn’t be much of a problem for him to settle in as he has also spent time with the Man City, PSV and Marseille youth sides and got used to travelling extensively at a very young age.

Many Arsenal fans may question why we are bringing in yet another defender, but surely Omar is one for the future and will be working under Per Mertesacker to start with before being assessed for the Gunners first team.

What we do know is that Mustafi and Sokratis will definitely not be with us next season, and David Luiz is also only on a one year contract. No one knows what is going on with William Saliba, and Dinos Mavropanos has only just returned from injury to play for Stuttgart but may return to the Emirates next season.

Maybe Arsenal should just play with 8 defenders every game, surely we will have to keep a clean sheet now and then!

Tags Guendouzi Hertha Berlin Omar Rekik

14 Comments

  1. Unge says:

    Of the current Central defenders,i see only 5 with us next season.Saliba,Holding,Chambers,Gabriel and Pablo Mari.So Arteta will have to go into the market again for a defender again.5 defenders arent enough.Dinos Mav..will not make it at Arsenal,not for lack of talent but because of injuries….maybe,just maybe Luiz will be given another contract?I doubt Arteta will be given enough funds to buy a classy defender.Not without Champions league football.

    1. Sid says:

      I have hope for Dinos, but his injuries have dampened my ope somewhat. Still, as he has recovered and seems to be a pacey player so….

    2. Gunner22 says:

      We are preparing for life in the Championship for the next 10-15 years, jyst ask Leeds or Forest how difficult it is to come back. Smart move, costs nothing will deliver nothing and will ensure we are in grasping distance for the play offs and then followed by another bid and the cycle will continue.Relegation threat is serious. Thank you Edu, Vinay, Mikel and the team of jolly rovers

    3. John Ibrahim says:

      5 Centrebacks not enough??

      only 2 gets to play

      how many Centrebacks do you need?

      10? 20?

      How many quality Centrebacks are willing to warm the bench?

  2. Wyoming says:

    Fee of 1 mill Euro because his contract runs out in June. To think we paid 27 mill for Saliba and 72 mill for Pepe. Better to buy 7m Martinelli and 8mill Guendouzi types. Or use local talent like Saka and Balogun free. Enough of the 60-70 mill marque buys just to please the fans? Half the marque buys end up as deadwood we can’t get rid of. This guy only needs to play half a dozen senior games to be worth ten times his fee. Good business..

    1. McLovin says:

      I actually agree with you. IMO only marque signings should be a striker who has scored tons of goals, for MULTIPLE seasons. I think Auba has proved worthy of his fee.

      Szoboszlai was a steal at £18m. We mmissed out but thats okay. I think Buendia around £20m would be a steal. That boy can create but also puts a shift defensively.

      1. Olawale says:

        He is welcome

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    Considering the future, I think it is a good buy. Most probably Mustafi and socrates will not be with us next summer and Louis is also not sure although I would still want him for his experience. I only hope this does not turn out to be another Saliba situation. Next let us look out for a attacking midfielder and another central midfielder, because the midfield is the place where matches are won and lost.

    1. Son says:

      See if arsenal continues like this with saliba
      We’ll lose him and he’ll go on to another team where he’ll go and shine
      Then we’ll realize how foolishly we saw him

      I don’t understand the basis on which he’s judged when he hasn’t Even kicked the ball for the first team

  4. Sid says:

    Just one question. Is he 18 or 20? As both ages are mentioned in this article and I am confused.

  5. Grandad says:

    Spot on Wyoming.No more costly errors of judgement from our recruitment team should be tolerated by the Board.In other indusries, poor performance can become a sackable offence, and our recruitment hierarchy must be made accountable for the huge losses we have ,or will incur in the not too distant future on the likes of Mustafi, Xhaka and unfortunately Pepe.

  6. Gworm says:

    Another Bielik?

  7. jon fox says:

    I HAVE HEARD IT ARGUED THAT WE ALREADY HAVE TOO MANY DEFENSIVE MINDED PLAYERS IN OUR PREM TEAM AND THAT IS IN PART WHY WE DON’T SCORE.
    My own theory is that many of them are not too defensive at all, but simply not good enough. Same for our attackers, THIS season, most of whom just don’t want to work hard enough. Willian and Auba have been virtually statues all season.

  8. hironsgaming says:

    Buendia is the signing I want in January

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