Arsene Wenger has made Arsenal fans obviously happy with his signing of Basel star midfielder Mohamed Elneny as he is one player that will definitely cover uo for injured players Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla in the midfield especially.
He is sorely needed by the Gunners at the moment as about 6 players are out injured in the Arsenal midfield and this might end up destroying Arsenal’s chances at the English Premier League title this season.
However, Elneny may still not be ready to play immediately as he is still waiting to be granted his work permit to be able to play for Arsenal and new developments have emerged concerning the work permit application as 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 signing situation, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “You know more than me. Sadly we cannot announce anything at the moment. Nothing has been concluded.”
It all remains to be seen what will eventually happen with this player.