Oulad M'Hand proud to sign his first contract

Ismail Oulad M'Hand is the latest of our young Gunners to sign a professional contract ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 18-year-old midfielder followed in his older brother Salah's footsteps by committing his future to the club and in his first interview since signing, he shared the reasons behind his decision. 

Click play on the video above to hear what Ismail had to say.

Ismail, congratulations. You've just signed your professional contract with The Arsenal. Can you tell us how you're feeling right now?

I'm very happy, very excited. I'm just proud to sign my first pro contract. 

What was it that made you want to commit your future to the club?

I like the playing style. It's good and it suits me, so hopefully I can show more of myself. 

And for our supporters who might not have seen you playing yet, how would you describe your playing style? 

I'm a box-to-box midfielder. I'm good in both boxes - defensively and attacking. I have a good shot! 

How would you assess your own development last season under Jack Wilshere and the rest of the coaching staff? 

It was actually the first season I started to get in my rhythm because the years before, I was injured so they didn’t go as well. But last year felt really good. 

Have you had any standout memories or moments for your time as an Arsenal player so far? 

I would say last year's game against Norwich at home. We were down 3-2, I assisted to make it 3-3 and then got the winning goal in the last minute. That's a good memory. 

Your brother, Salah, is also a part of the Arsenal academy. How important has that been to have him here by your side on your journey? 

Very important. He has a great, great mentality. He teaches me loads of stuff on the pitch and off the pitch, I'm happy to be his little brother. 

And finally, you have your family all here today on this special day. What role has your family played in getting you to this moment in your career? 

It's been tough because they are back in Holland, but I have contact with them every day. They push me to be the best and show my best self. I'm very happy.

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