The London giants have completed the signing of Salah-Eddine from Feyenoord on a free transfer. U17 Netherlands international will go straight into the club’s youth set-up and compete for a spot in the Under-23 side having left the Eredivisie club earlier this summer.
‘It feels great to join a massive club like Arsenal,’ said Salah following confirmation of his signing. ‘It’s a good environment for me to work on my development and hopefully, through the academy, I can become a first-team player.’
‘They first contacted my dad and then I went there for a week just to see what the club is all about, and after that, they didn’t really have to say anything. I immediately knew that it was the right club for me.’
Gunners technical director Edu and academy chief Per Mertesacker are hoping to conduct a major overhaul of the Under-23 squad ahead of the new campaign, while the London club’s scouting network has already undergone a transformation.
Long-serving scouts Francis Cagigao and Brian McDermott were relieved of their positions earlier this month and a stream of new arrivals are ready to swell Steve Bould’s options at U23 level with deals in place for the likes of Jonathan Dinzeyi and Tim Akinola.
The Dutch teenager, meanwhile, describes himself as a creative midfielder and is looking forward to the challenge of establishing himself at the club of his dreams. Salah added: ‘I’m a central midfielder and I like to play box to box. Offensively I’m a creative player and I can play with my left or right foot.’