Speaking briefly about their pursuit of Rekik, Arteta told reporters: “He’s a young talent that we’ve been following for a while that we believe has a really bright future.”

He has already played for a host of European clubs at youth level, including Premier League rivals Man City.

Their recent 4-0 victory over West Brom saw academy graduate Bukayo Saka score, alongside defender Kieran Tierney. 20-year-old attacking midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe also registered an assist.

Rekik will join the likes of Folarin Balogun and Reiss Nelson in the group of potential future stars at the Emirates.

He is yet to make his full debut as a professional, having represented Hertha Berlin’s second team during his time at the club.

Speaking about the move, Rekik said: “It feels great to be here after a long time of hard work. 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.”

Arsenal apparently came close to signing him in the summer, only for time to beat them…

Arsenal have agreed an initial deal with Hertha Berlin to sign 18-year-old defender Omar Rekik.

Some teams will be more pleased than usual to see the back of the FA Cup; others should give it a right go.

John Stones seemed finished at Man City, much like a couple of £50m-plus midfielders at their clubs…

“Simplicity is genius” – it’s not hard to see why Mourinho loves his favourite midfielder so very much.

Kyle Walker-Peters was the best right-back in Southampton v Liverpool. He has been a revelation.

We’ve done Chelsea, Spurs and United, time for some bona fide Premier League title challengers.

Source: https://www.football365.com/news/arsenal-complete-signing-young-defender-omar-rekik-from-hertha-berlin

News – Arsenal complete signing of young defender Rekik from Hertha