28-year-old set for Arsenal return with ‘plenty of interest’ from other clubs
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to back welcome back one of his former teammates during his playing days at the Emirates stadium this summer.
Following the signing of Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel in the winter of 2016, the midfielder has failed to make a name for himself in north London, resulting in a loan move to Besiktas last year.
Following a fairly successful stint in Turkish football, the Egypt international is now set to return to Arsenal this summer and as he looks for a solution over his uncertain future under Mikel Arteta.
According to journalist Simon Collings, Elneny has attracted ‘plenty of interest’ from other clubs and it remains to be seen whether the Gunners will opt to keep him in north London for the upcoming campaign.
#afc Elneny will be one of those returning to pre-season at Arsenal this week. Plenty of interest in him from clubs in Turkey after good season at Besiktas.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) August 19, 2020
THE BOTTOM LINE
With Arsenal constantly being linked with a move to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, it is now highly unlikely that Elneny actually has any time left at the club.
To be fair to Arteta, it is not as if Elneny has proven to be a player worth keeping during the four years that he has been on the Gunners’ books. The fact that he has never claimed a regular spot in the starting eleven under neither Wenger nor Emery says it all.
At this point, the best decision would be to part ways with the player, sell him for a profit, and clear up some space on the wage bill while funding a move for a much better midfielder to come in.