Known simply as ‘Salah,’ Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand is a Dutch 18-year-old who arrived at the club out-of-the-blue this summer from Feyenoord, not to be confused with Ajax’s 18-year-old defender, Anass Salah-Eddine.
“It feels great to join a massive club like Arsenal,” Salah said. “It’s a good environment for me to work on my development and hopefully through the academy I can become a first-team player.”
Salah is a self-described “central midfielder” who likes to play “play box to box”. “Offensively,” he adds, “I’m a creative player and I can play with my left or right foot.”
Salah-Eddine scored on his final appearance for Feyenoord, netting an equaliser for the u19s against Ajax #AFC pic.twitter.com/CcTRHnteMF
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) August 22, 2020
Salah has been given the number 74 shirt, a number not previously worn by any Arsenal player, young or old.
87 is the highest number used at Arsenal, worn by Bukayo Saka in 18/19 before he moved to 77 and then eventually 7.
77 is the next highest used, also adorning the back of Henrikh Mykhitaryan for one match when he couldn’t wear the 7.
The next highest number worn at Arsenal is the 73 which Stefan O’Connor had for a single season in 14/15.