According to reports in Egypt, Ahmed Fathi of Al Ahly is to undergo trials at Arsenal. The 29 year old is both a defender and a defensive midfielder with the Cairo club. In a statement released on the Cairo giants Facebook page, it stated as follows:
“Ahmed Fathi is set to travel to England on Friday to undergo a trial period at Arsenal Football Club in preparation to sign him if he has a successful trial, and so Fathi will be unavailable to participate in Al Ahly’s game against Smouha in the semi-final of the Egypt Cup next Monday.”
Although, few persons affiliated to Arsenal have seen the Egyptian international play, it is still strange to see him link to Arsenal even if it just for a trial. Whether the club intends to fan up it interest from there remains to be seen.
The present scenario regarding the Ahmed Fathi reports reeks of the theatre of the absurd as it relates to some transfers that have played out several times at Arsenal over the years. Such as being the absurd nature of most signings by those at Highbury House in the past few years that fans have stopped to ask how, why in bemusement. One of such signings was that Park Chu-Young who was stolen from under the noises of Monaco in the midst of his medical. Other strange signings were that of Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United and the injury prone Amaury Bischoff. Those were the years when strange acts were the norm at the Emirates.
The Egyptian defender has however had a stint with a Premier League club in the past. He was on loan at Hull City last season making a total of nine appearances. The 5ft 9in defender can play at right full back and in defensive midfield. For a player that made just nine appearances for Hull City last time around, it bewildering that the club would countenance bringing in a player who is clearly not at the club’s level whether its just a trial at London Colney.
The Egyptian international who has won a host of honours at international and club level for Egypt represents part of the strange acts of transfer related business that the club has be involved in over the years.
Although, there is no point in getting hysterical over the invitation for a trial extended to the Ahmed Fathi by Arsene Wenger, the question is, would a player who was not good enough for Hull City, be good enough in a trial at Arsenal, even before the issue of signing is considered?
The answer lies somewhere in-between.