According to a wide range of sources Oman international left-back Saad Al-Mukhaini has reportedly joined Arsenal for a two-day trial after Oman manager, who is a friend of Wenger, suggested the player to the Gunners manager.
Saad Al-Mukhaini, 24, who has one other international team-mate Ali Al-Habsi in the Premier League, plays for Fanja SC in Oman and may be the signing that Wenger is after. With both first choice left backs Andre Santos and injury prone youngster Kieran Gibbs out injured, Wenger has been forced to look for more depth in the fullback positions, with the right hand side of defence also depleted.
Al-Mukhaini has confidence in himself that he can make use of this trial and impress Wenger. He told Sport360:
Most of my friends and team-mates in the club and national team came to know about it only when it was reported in the media.
Some of them dismissed it as a rumour. I do not want to lie, but I know I have got a huge opportunity here and I have to trust myself.
Coach Le Guen has faith in me and he got me this chance, so I have to give my best. It is difficult but not impossible.
Le Guen is a personal friend of Wenger and he was heavily involved in setting up the trial. He believes Al-Mukhaini has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, and he could become the player that Wenger is seeking this January. Le Guen told The Muscat Daily:
I think Saad is one of the best players in the country and he can play in a big league, I had a chat with Wenger some time back and he seemed interested in calling him.
I cannot say how much Saad is ready mentally for making it in a big league, but I know football enough and I believe he can. He has to adapt and compete with great players.
If Al-Mukhaini does indeed have what it takes to compete for a starting place at Arsenal it may be a wise decision for Wenger to purchase him this January as it will allow Vermaelen to play centrally rather than cover for the injured Gibbs and Santos. Although the Oman international will take some time to adapt to Arsenal’s style of play and life in North London. Will anything more serious eventuate from this rumour? Only time will tell but I don’t see anything becoming concrete as Wenger needs a temporary solution that is available to play straight away in the Premier League. What do you think? Comment below!