Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal fans a reason to rejoice and be glad as he has reportedly signed a midfielder from Basel, Mohamed Elneny as the perfect player to cover for Arsenal in this terrible, injury-filled period.
He has been signed to cover up for Arsenal stars Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla as the duo are both out injured and are not expected back until late February for defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and late March for star midfielder Santi Cazorla while central midfielder Jack Wilshere is not expected back till April while Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky are not expected back until February.
The Gunners are said to have hurt Tottenham, Inter Milan and Valencia in securing the midfielders services in the new year, according to Itasportpress as Wenger does not want to take chances with not signing players and maybe costing the team the English Premier League title again this season.
However, Elneny may still not be ready to play immediately as reports say he is still awaiting approval on his work permit to be able to play for Arsenal and recent news from the Guardian state that, “Egypt have slipped outside of the top 50 in Fifa’s rankings after failing to qualify for the past three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. Under new regulations introduced by the Football Association at the end of last season, non-EEA (European Economic Area) players have to meet a minimum percentage of international matches played for their country over the previous 24 month period, as long as they are in the top 50. Egypt’s current position of 57 does not meet those requirements, meaning Arsenal are likely to face an appeal. But with Elneny having featured in every competitive match for the Pharaohs over the past two years, they are expected to be granted special dispensation to sign him.”
When confronted about the midfielder situation, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “You know more than me. Sadly we cannot announce anything at the moment. Nothing has been concluded.”