With British daily tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror claiming that a deal has been done for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, we thought we would take a better look at the 23-year-old Egyptian international and see what Arsenal are getting for the £5 million the Mirror claims we’ve agreed to pay the Swiss club for his services.
What position does he play?
Elneny is regarded as a central midfielder who is not afraid to have a shot on goal when the opportunity presents itself, according to the Metro. Currently Arsenal are having to resort to using Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini to cover for the injured Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, and Jack Wilshere (via Arsenal.com), which means the addition of Elneny cannot come soon enough.
Elneny is a pass master at Basel
The 23-year-old has a pass completion rate of 92.4% in Europa League play this season, which is the best of any Basel player (via The Independent).
He has played football in London before
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If Elneny secures a move to London, it won’t be the first time he’s played in the English capital. He represented his country at the 2012 Olympics, playing in all four games for Egypt before they were knocked out by Japan at the quarter-final stage of the competition.
How many caps has he got for Egypt?
At senior level he has won 39 caps.
Is he eligible to play in this season’s Champions League?
Yes. He can play for the Gunners when they take on Barcelona in the last 16 stage, after Basel failed to qualify for the Group stage of the competition.
Has he got the stamina to play in the Premier League?
According to the Metro he can run all day and is tireless when it comes to chasing down opponents, something the Gunners lack with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Francis Coquelin, preferring to stay in their designated area of the pitch.
Elneny may not be the signing that Arsenal fans wanted to see this January, but manager Arsene Wenger has found diamonds in the rough before, so who knows the Egyptian might be full of a few surprises.
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