There are issues with the work permit though, the FA requires every none EU player to have played a minimum percentage of matches in the last two years and the country of the player must be ranked within the top 50 football playing countries in the FIFA rankings. Elneny meets the first criteria but Egypt has slipped to 57th in the rankings. Arsenal are expected to appeal and it is believed that it is only a metter of time before the signing is finally completed.
Arsenal have long been expected to sign a midfielder and were strongly linked with Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Lars Bender and Polish midfielder, Grzegorz Krychowiak who plays at Sevilla. Both deals failed to materialize as Arsenal were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to sign an outfield player. So the surprise is not in Arsenal signing a midfielder but who they are reported to have signed. A typical Arsene Wenger signing, no one saw it coming. The 23-year-old Egyptian has been a mainstay at FC Basel since moving to the Swiss League in January, 2013 from El Mowkaloon in his native, Egypt. He has helped the side to three consecutive Swiss Championship, playing a crucial role in central midfield making a total of 91 appearances since that time. The player already has 39 caps for his national team, scoring 3 goals.
Arsene Wenger will be hoping the midfielder will provide the push the Gunners need to propel them to the league title. It will be a good signing for the London club as they currently have 4 first team midfielders (Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky) on the sidelines struggling with injuries.