Famous as a striker for the Spanish Granada football club, El Arabi also played for the Al Hilal, Caen, and Morocco National teams. In the first half decade of his senior career, he scored more than seventy goals.
Between 2001 and 2008, he played his youth career for Caen, Herouville, and Mondeville.
In 2012, he signed a four and a half million dollar contract with the Granada CF.
He was born in Caen, France, to a Moroccan family.
He and his contemporary Roberto Soldado both played for major Spanish football clubs.