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Omar Rekik signs professional contract

Omar Rekik

Omar Rekik has signed a professional contract with us and joins our under-23s squad.

The 19-year-old has joined us from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. Omar is a ball playing centre half who can play on both sides.

Omar was born in the Netherlands and he has played internationally at youth level for Tunisia and the Netherlands. Throughout his youth career he also spent time at Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille.

Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Omar to the club and we look forward to supporting his ongoing development.

This contract is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-18s 4-1 Tottenham

Omari Hutchinson

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-18s claimed bragging rights in the north London derby on Saturday as they secured a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Ken Gillard’s side were without Marcelo Flores and Khayon Edwards in attack, but that didn’t stop them from delivering an impressive performance from start to finish at London Colney.

With just 17 minutes on the clock, Mauro Bandeira sent  an inviting delivery into the penalty area and Zane Monlouis was on hand to finish after his initial header saved.

The visitors then went on to equalise against the run of play, with Roshaun Mathurin finding the bottom corner from 20 yards, but that didn’t kill our spirit and with just seconds remaining of the first half, Omari Hutchinson produced a moment of magic.

Once again, it was Bandeira who kickstarted the move, setting Hutchinson free down the right wing, but the youngster had it all to do, and after chopping past his marker and skipping past another, curled a stunning effort in off the post to restore our lead.

Following the restart, we continued to assert our dominance on the game and with a sweeping counter-attack, Kido Taylor-Hart received the ball out on the left, cut inside on to his right foot and fizzed the ball into the far corner at pace.

Tottenham’s Jamie Donley then went on to force a good save from Hubert Graczyk, who replaced the injured Ovie Ejeheri at the break, before Mazeed Ogungo capped off our first victory of 2021 with a sublime strike into the top corner.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face Crystal Palace on Saturday, January 30.

The game will take place at Crystal Palace Academy with kick-off at 11am.

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