IF a career in football for Omar Rekik fails, perhaps the model pro will succeed on the catwalk.
The 19-year-old Dutch defender was signed by Arsenal for £600,000 from Hertha Berlin during the January transfer window.
Arsenal new boy Omar Rekik is blessed with model good looksCredit: Instagram / @omarrekik
Handsome Rekik has plenty of female admirers on InstagramCredit: Instagram / @omarrekik
And immediately the handsome teenager’s Instagram was flooded with good-luck messages.
But what might have struck many Gunners supporters was the messages were mostly from female fans.
The former Manchester City youth star is blessed with model good looks and has become a hit with women, who regularly swoon over Rekik on his social media.
Here’s one for the ladies…
Rekik has yet to make his debut at senior level.
But already he has over 53,000 followers on Instagram, who are fascinated with his lifestyle.
Alongside training snaps, Rekik happily poses in streetwear and fashionable clobber in photos he shares that generate plenty of reaction.
From comments including, “OMG, you’re amazing” to regular heart emoji posts, his female admirers are completely enamoured.
Many have even told him he looks like a male model.
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Many of Rekik’s Instagram followers have told him he looks like a male modelCredit: Instagram / @omarrekik
Women regularly comment on Rekik’s posts onlineCredit: Instagram / @omarrekik
Rekik loves sharing pictures wearing streetwearCredit: Instagram / @omarrekik
Football is Rekik’s dream profession though, clearly.
And with Arsenal he has an opportunity of a second chance on our shores to prove himself.
In 2012, when he was 11 he joined Manchester City’s academy, where his older brother Karim was already playing.
But, given his young age, it was no surprise that he struggled to settle.
After two years at City, he returned to Holland and joined PSV.
Karim, now 26, also left for PSV and has since enjoyed spells at Marseille, Hertha Berlin and was signed by Sevilla last summer.
Rekik playing for Hertha Berlin’s youth sideCredit: Getty Images – Getty
At 6ft 1in, Rekik is a tall, commanding defenderCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Karim Rekik, Omar’s elder brother, now plays for SevillaCredit: Rex Features
Rekik is a tall, right-footed centre-half but he won’t walk into Arsenal’s first team straight away.
“He’s a young talent that we’ve been following for a while that we believe has a really bright future,” Gunners boss Mikel Arteta revealed before his unveiling.
Initially, he has been earmarked for a role in the Under-23s, as he settles into London life.
But, should he progress and become a first team star, there will likely be a clamour for his services internationally.
Rekik, who is of Tunisian heritage, has played for Holland’s U18 team, as well as Tunisia’s U21s.
Whoever he chooses, you can bet he will always have a female following.
Rekik has played for Holland’s U18Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Rekik will train with Arsenal’s U23s for the time beingCredit: Getty Images – Getty