Arsenal hoping to beat Barca to Abdulrahman

UAE playmaker Omar Abdulrahman

Arsenal are interested in signing 21-year-old playmaker Omar Abdulrahman, reports The Mirror.

Arsene Wenger is keen to bring the United Arab Emirates star to the Premier League, and beat off interest from Schalke and Barcelona.

The Frenchman is set to offer Abdulrahman a week’s trial at the Emirates ahead of a permanent deal. Rashid bin Mubarak Al Hajri, deputy chairman of Abdulrahman’s club Al Ain, confirmed the trial approach, saying: “Have we had an offer from Arsenal for him to come to train? Then yes.

“We’ve also had offers from Spanish teams, and other teams also, but the player will decide ultimately. We got a lot of offers for Omar. If he finds the right environment, then we will be very supportive.

“It’s a package that will have to be right, where he can improve his football. I’ll leave that for Omar – that’s for him to decide.”

However, Al Ain have now blocked the trial, which was set to start this week, as they look to keep hold of Abdulrahman. The Gunners are still confident of tying up a permanent transfer, but believe a trial is the best way of assessing whether Abdulrahman adapts to English football and culture.

With Arsenal keen on a week’s trial before any deal, it is unlikley that Abdulrahman would feature in the Gunners’ opening match of the new season against Aston Villa, should a deal be struck between Arsenal and Al Ain.

Can Abdulrahman cut it in the Premier League? Is he what Arsenal lack?

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