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Wenger Will Go All Out For The ‘New Benayoun’

Rumour has it that Arsenal are to offer Israeli youngster Omri Altman another route into the Premiership after Liverpool have run the rule over the Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder.

Altman who has a very similar playing style to his Israeli compatriot Benayoun is lighting up the youth league in which he plays and has been captain for the Israel under 17 side.

Altman, 16, who has already been involved with Tel Aviv’s senior set-up, has impressed all that have viewed him with, not just his talent but his desire to win at all costs. His Israel coach Alon Hazan (formally of Watford) describes the player as “having all the elements you look for in a player of the highest levels”.

This glowing reference can only spur the goalscoring Midfielder onto bigger and better things than the Israeli Premier League. At the moment though the player seems to hold all the aces with Newcastle United also heavily linked with him. After his time at Liverpool’s Melwood training centre Arsene Wenger is looking to swiftly get Altman into the Emirates to sign on the dotted line.

Of course Liverpool may hold a slight advantage over the Gunners in the fact they have a history of bringing Israeli players to their club namely Benayoun, Avi Cohen and Ronny Rosenthal. This fact won’t deter Wenger in the slightest and he is likely to play on Arsenals famed ‘give youth a chance’ policy which is so evident in their current first team squad.

Whether Altman chooses the red of Liverpool or the red and white of Arsenal it appears the impressively built midfielder will be Premiership bound before too long and if current reputations are anything to go by then we could be soon seeing another successful Israeli export plying his trade at England’s top table.

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