Arsene Wenger has all but confirmed Mohamed Elneny’s January switch to Arsenal with his recent comments, and suggests he’s going to be very “busy” this winter (via Sky Sports).
The Frenchman is known for keeping tight lipped with regard to transfers, which means he can often be seen flip flopping from day to day. He will usually deny a rumour for as long as possible, only admitting interest when the deal has become common knowledge.
This is exactly what he’s done with FC Basel midfielder Elneny, insisting just a few days ago that there was “no truth” behind the rumours.
Wenger Elneny transfer bingo Sat: “No truth in this at the moment.” Today: “We cannot announce anything at the moment” January: Full house!
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 30, 2015
As the rumours have grown stronger however, the manager seemingly believes it’s futile to keep denying the interest, and then practically confirmed a deal was in the making.
“Unfortunately we cannot announce anything at the moment about this player because nothing has been concluded,” Wenger said (via Sky Sports).
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Although these comments suggest the move is far from complete, Wenger clearly hints at an ongoing discussion. If there really was no interest in the Egyptian midfielder then Wenger would no doubt echo his previous statement, but instead he’s alluded to a deal potentially being done when the window eventually opens.
The 66-year-old went on to suggest he’d have plenty of work to do in January, and his comments will certainly please Arsenal fans.
“I’ll be busy, that’s for sure,” he said (via Sky Sports).
“I’m already busy and I said already one month ago we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes.”
Hopefully being busy translates into signings, and Wenger isn’t just telling the fans what they want to hear.
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A couple of good signings will certainly give our title hunt a boost, and as we’re already top of the league heading into the new year, the Premier League is arguably ours to lose at this point in the campaign.
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