‘I’m grateful’ – Arsenal youngster ready to reject advances from abroad

Lille are claimed to be interested in a deal to sign Omar Rekik from Arsenal this summer, but he is happy with his progress in north London.

The defender joined the club from Hertha Berlin in 2021 but is yet to make a senior appearance since joining the club. While his skills are recognised as he continues to perform for the Under-23 side, he is yet to be called up for a single matchday squad, and it will be interesting to see if the club decides to send him out on loan ahead of the new season.

While he could well be the subject of a interest for a move, he insists that he is happy to continue his progress in his current surroundings, and is eager to repay the faith shown in him by Arsenal.

“Of course, it would be a dream to be worth €60million (£51 million) or even more,” he told German publication Bild (via Football.London). “Because that would mean that I’ve made great athletic development. But sporting success is more valuable to me.

“I don’t have a specific goal. If Arsenal had waited a few months, they would have got me without a transfer fee. Now they have spent so much money on me. I want to repay that with performance. The club is serious about me, and I’m grateful for that.”

Rekik has quite the following considering he is yet to be called up to the senior side, and at 20 years-old there is plenty of time for that call to come. With the likes of Dan Ballard and William Saliba already earmarked for the first-team after successive impressive loan spells, Rekik may have to follow suit and go out and get first-team experience with a temporary move next term so he can showcase and sharpen his skills.

Do some players progressed better in the academy than out on loan?

Patrick

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7 Comments

  1. Don’t know much about him tbh, but would like to see him promoted to the first team squad next season and get game time in the EUL and Carabao cup, same for Saliba which hopefully means we can put transfer funds towards more urgent positions instead.

    1. ELDNG, this guy was part of the sketchy deal we made with Hertha to get Guendo out of town, as we simply overpaid for this high baggage afterthought of a player simply to help Hertha with Guendo wages…of course, he could come good, but I highly doubt it

  2. Oh yeah, forgot about that whole situation lol. But I wouldn’t mind Rekik being 4th/5th choice and then maybe sell Holding(who’s reached his ceiling with us and is not good enough) and then keep Ballard for HG quota. So are CB options are
    Gabriel, Saliba (1st choice)
    White, Rekik, Ballard (back ups)

    Then spend the budget on (2)strikers, (2)Midfielders, Winger and A Leftback

    1. Cheers…totally understood your whole spend funds in areas of greatness need gig, just wanted to reiterate this notion as some at the time thought I was on glue for suggesting something that was so glaringly obvious…MA was so hellbent on getting rid of Guendo that he was willing to once again “subsidize” the outgoing players wages in some form or fashion

  3. he must be high on something if he refuses to take the chance to play regularly for Lille and develop to become a better player. He will forever play for under 23s coz MA will never give him a chance in the senior team.

  4. He has the footballing skills and at 1.86 M, he does not lack the physicality.
    He lacks experience though. He will need a season or two in the championship or abroad like Ballard and Saliba ofc.

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