Asian full-back handed Arsenal trial

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Arsenal are to hand Oman international defender Saad al-Mukhaini a two-day trial later this week, according to reports.

The 24-year-old left back, who plies his trade with Fanja SC in the Omani second division, is to arrive at the Emirates Stadium later this week for his chance in England, according to

The Middle East-based publication goes on to state that a glowing reference from compatriot Paul Le Guen, who is now the Oman national team manager, has secured Al-Mukhaini his opportunity to impress Arsene Wenger.

With injuries stacking up in north London, as well as Johan Djourou's suspension following a red card in the Gunners' defeat on Monday night, the Arsenal boss is being linked with a raid on the transfer market in January.

Taye Taiwo, Aly Cissokho and Wayne Bridge have all been linked with moves to the capital, although Wenger did state in December that he was still undecided over any potential moves in the New Year.

With Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna set to return at the end of the month, the Arsenal chief fears that additional bodies might be counter-productive when his current crop return to action.

However, Thomas Vermaelen's recent injury-scare, coupled with his track record of problems during his time at Arsenal, may persuade 'the professor' to add an additional body if the opportunity arises, and Al-Mukhaini would be the cheapest of options if he makes his mark over 48 hours.

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