Arsenal morning news: Egyptian on trial, ex-Gunner ‘very happy’ at new club

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Arsenal have taken Ahmed Fathy on trial this summer with a view to signing him.

The 29-year-old Egypt international, who can play both as a defender and as a midfielder, is currently a free agent after his contract with Al Ahly came to an end last month.

Fathy has played in England before, having featured for Sheffield United and Hull City.

‘Ahmed Fathy will travel to England on Friday to undergo a trial with Arsenal with a view to signing him if the trial is successful’, reads a message on the Egyptian club’s official Facebook page.

One player Arsenal have signed this summer is Alexis Sanchez, whose arrival from Barcelona was officially announced on Thursday.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla is delighted with the signing of the Chile international forward, but adds that his Spanish compatriot and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is overjoyed to have made the move from Barca to Chelsea earlier this summer.

‘I've spoken to Cesc and he's very happy, it's football - great players move clubs’, the 29-year-old told

Mikel Arteta has also welcomed Sanchez to Arsenal and is quoted as saying by talkSPORT: 'I'm really happy, everyone was waiting for a big signing like this. He’s a proper player, he’s got experience, he’s got the technique and he’s got the pace’.

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has admitted that he would have liked Sanchez to join the Reds.

The Merseyside outfit were reportedly in the running for the former Udinese star along with Juventus, but eventually it was Arsenal who secured his services.

‘He is a great player’, the 39-year-old told talkSPORT. ‘He is one of the players who have lit up the World Cup.

‘To be honest, I would have liked to have seen him at Liverpool. Fair play to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for getting him there.’

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