Arsenal keeping an eye on talented young UAE star

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Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in signing promising young attacking prodigy Omar Abdulrahman, according to Sky Sports.

 The 21-year-old UAE international shone during his country’s triumphant Gulf Cup of Nations run, winning the ‘Player of the Tournament’ accolade.

 And this has alerted a series of top European clubs including Arsenal and Barcelona who are now lining up a bid to sign the attacking playmaker.

 However, although Abdulrahman admits it is his dream to be playing in Europe, he is fully committed to boyhood club Al Ain and any decisions over his future will be decided by the club that groomed him in football.

 "It is the dream of all football players in the world to play professionally in Europe, but I cannot decide that because I have a contract with Al Ain and I am sure they will take the right decision that will benefit all parties - me, the club and the national team," he told Gulf News.

"I am playing in Al Ain and it is a big club that everyone dreams of playing for, but playing in Europe will be a totally different experience, which will sure help me to progress and develop as a footballer. But I am not the one to take the decision."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a proven record of spotting talent at a young age and may make a move for Abdulrahman to bolster his side’s attacking options.

Abdulrahman impressed during a two-week trial at Manchester City last summer but a permanent move didn’t materialise due to work permit complications.

City are still reported to be interested in signing the gifted youngster, who is fast emerging as one of Asia’s best young talents. However, it is expected that he will remain in his native UAE until the end of next season.



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