Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mohamed Elneny is an Arsenal player, announcing our first signing of the January transfer window following our 3-3 draw with Liverpool, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The Egyptian’s transfer saga has been ongoing for quite some time now, with work permit issues among other things seemingly causing a number of delays. The move now seems complete though, and although there is nothing on Arsenal’s official website just yet, Wenger’s confirmation is enough to make it official.
“Elneny will of course join us. He has joined us,” said Wenger.
“We will see if he can qualify for Sunday.”
As the report suggests, we’ve completed the £7m signing of the former FC Basel midfielder, with the 23-year-old potentially eligible to play in our Premier League game against Stoke City this weekend.
He’s being brought in to provide back-up for Francis Coquelin, who is currently being replaced by a combination of Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers. Elneny unquestionably looks to be an upgrade on both players, although he certainly isn’t a like for like replacement for Coquelin.
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We can’t wait to see the midfielder in action, and hopefully he’s at least able to make a cameo appearance against the Potters this Sunday. We’re badly in need of reinforcements, and this may well just be the first of a few signings this winter.