Arsenal trial off for UAE star

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Arsenal have been rebuffed in their attempts to bring UAE star Omar Abdulrahman to the club on a one-week trial.

The Gunners invited the Al Ain playmaker to a seven-day stint at their London Colney training ground, according to reports, with an official club letter sent to the Emirati outfit.

However, club chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed insists the 21-year-old is above such a trial, and does not need to prove his ability to anyone.

Mohammed does admit that ‘serious offers’ will be considered though, with a host of top European clubs thought to be keen on the player.

"Omar Abdulrahman is a national treasure, which is why the club is keen to study with great attention only serious offers that are beneficial to the player," Mohammed told The National.

"Omar is above having to go on trial to prove his skills, as he has played high-quality league and international matches, which are the real test.

"Any club willing to recruit Omar can check his performance in all his games and then submit a serious offer to sign him. If there is one, we are ready to negotiate with the team and reach a compromise."

Reports in The Daily Mirror at the start of the week claimed Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Schalke were also keen on the attacking midfielder, who has 16-caps for his country and starred at the Olympics last summer.

With Thiago Alcantara leaving the Nou Camp earlier in the summer, manager Gerardo Martino would appear to have space for such a player in his Blaugrana side, as the La Liga champions bid to bring the Champions League back to Catalonia next season.

Challenging for Europe's biggest crown would be a dream for Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger, and luring Abdulrahman to the Emirates Stadium might be a good starting point for the north London outfit.

But, if they want the player, then the Gunners will have to make their move before getting a closer look.


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