Arsenal on the Brink of Signing Full-Back Saad Al-Mukhaini

H AndelAnalyst IIIJanuary 14, 2012

Al-Mukhaini, right, is on the brink of joining Arsenal.
Al-Mukhaini, right, is on the brink of joining Arsenal.

Sport360° reports that Saad Al-Mukhaini is undergoing trials at Arsenal. Saad Al-Mukhaini is a 24-year-old left-back who plays for Fanja FC in Oman. He is said to have been recommended to Arsene Wenger by Oman national team coach, Paul Le Guen.

Speaking about Al-Mukhaini, Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, an Oman national himself, had this to say:

Saad is fast and strong, and he likes to train hard and learn. Hopefully he will do well. I told him Arsenal are a top team, and not many get this kind of chance. I wish him all the luck and said, "Do your best, show what you can do and the rest is with Allah." He’s a young talent, and this is a great chance for him.

Al-Mukhaini has won 23 caps for his country and is said to be excited at the prospect of joining Arsenal.

Most of my friends and teammates in the club and national team came to know about it only when it was reported in the media. Some of them dismissed it is 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.

He told Sport360° that the Wigan goalkeeper had been in touch.

Ali sent a message to me. He has already taken Omani football to a new height, and there is no one else I could have looked up for tips. Ali has asked me not to worry much and stay focused on training. He told me a few technical things, the way Arsenal play and asked me to concentrate on what the coach wants from you at the trials.

Of course, there is pressure on me to do well in the trials, but I have to cope with it. I have to be focused and believe in myself, that I have been selected as there is something in me.

Le Guen has confirmed the news to 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.

Daily Mail is also reporting the news.