Reports ahead of the weekend suggested that Arsenal had agreed a deal with Basel to sign Mohamed Elneny at the beginning of the January transfer window.

According to Swiss outlet Aargauer Zeitung, Elneny is scheduled to arrive in London as early as next week to undergo a medical and complete his move.

However, when asked about the signing of the Egyptian star after the 4-0 defeat to Southampton, Wenger gave a typically cagey response which has often preceded successful transfers in the past.

“No, no, nothing true about that at the moment,” the Arsenal boss said.

After previously scouting Elneny, the Gunners have renewed interest in the 23-year-old following injuries to Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta.

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho have all been reportedly monitored by Arsenal, but Elneny was believed to be a less expensive alternative.

Despite Arsenal’s current need of a defensive midfielder, the former Arab Contractors star is naturally an attacking-minded central midfielder.

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