Arsenal make bid for UAE wonderkid

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Arsenal have made a bid to bring UAE wonderkid and star of the 2012 Olympic Games Omar Abdulrahman to the Emirates, reports the Daily Star.

The Al Ain player will have a trial with Arsene Wenger's squad this week with a view to making a permanent switch to north London.

Abdulrahman had previously spent time with Manchester City but was unable to agree personal terms with the club and returned to the Middle East.

His club's chairman has confirmed that a bid from Arsenal has been made for the 21-year-old but insists the player has options with several big European clubs all making bids.

Rashid bin Mubarak Al Hajri told reporters: "Have we had an offer from Arsenal for him to come to train? Yes.

"We've also had offers from Spanish teams, and other teams also, but the player will decide ultimately.

"We [have received] 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."

The playmaker has been on the radar of European clubs since his impressive displays during UAE's Olympic campaign in London last summer.

News of this potential addition will be bittersweet news to Arsenal fans, who are desperate for  Wenger to spend some of his £70m budget but were hoping for a bigger name than the unknown Abdulrahman.

Arsenal's move for Luis Suarez seems to have hit a stumbling block as Wenger waits for Suarez to escalate the situation by handing in an official transfer request.

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