Arsenal’s first January recruit Omar Rekik has broken his silence following the completion of his move from Hertha Berlin.
The Gunners had initially agreed to sign the 19-year-old on deadline day of the summer window, but ran out of time to seal the transfer.
But with a deal believed to be worth around £540,000 now finalised, Rekik has been officially announced as an Arsenal player.
The centre-back was accidentally pictured in training with the Under-23 side on Wednesday after slotting straight into the academy set-up.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Rekik expressed how excited he is to have made the move to north London and told fans what they can expect from him.
‘It feels great to be here after a long time of hard work,’ he said. ‘It feels great. I moved in three weeks ago and I’ve been in quarantine, so I can’t wait to get started.
‘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.’
The ball-playing centre-back admitted Arsenal’s style of play was influential in his decision to move to the Emirates and he laid out his hopes to become the latest in a line of talented youngsters to make their mark for the club.
‘With Mikel Arteta, if you watch the games, he’s not a coach who thinks quickly to play a long ball,’ Rekik added. ‘Of course, when needed, you have to do it, but I think the style of play fits.
‘As a young player, you need to play somewhere where they’re not afraid to give you a chance and you can see a lot of youth players have broken through here, and I want to be the next one.
‘I just take things day by day. I’m here now and I have to work harder and show them what I can do and what I’m capable of. When I do this, my qualities will show on the pitch and then hopefully I can get a chance.’