The Gunners are actively seeking new signings this summer as manager Arsene Wenger looks to build on the club's first trophy in almost nine years having seen off Hull City in the FA Cup final. Deals for Newcastle United full back Mathieu Debuchy and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez appear to be drawing ever closer, but a new name was linked with the club this morning as it was confirmed that Egyptian international Ahmed Fathi will go on trial at the Emirates Stadium.
An experienced player with a big reputation back in Egypt, Fathi may not be a household name in England, so here are five facts on Arsenal's latest trialist.
- In 2001, Fathi became the youngest ever player to be capped by Egypt, making his debut against South Africa at the age of just 17.
- Now 29, Fathi has had a long and successful career both domestically and with the Egyptian national team, where he has racked up over 100 caps - putting him on the brink of the top 10 for the African nation.
- In 2010, Fathi was recognised for his excellent display in the African Cup of Nations with the Fair Player of the Tournament Award, as well as being named in the team of the tournament.
- This is actually Fathi's second trial with the Gunners having had a short spell with the club in 2004 at the age of just 20 - suggesting that Wenger has had a long-standing interest in Fathi.
- Similarly, a move to the Emirates Stadium would be his third spell in English football having initially failed to make an impact with Sheffield United in 2007, before a loan spell with Hull City in 2013.