Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the signing of Mohamed Elneny from Basel will be completed in a few days. Wenger has been wanting to get the Egyptian’s signature for a long time, but insists it’s a complicated deal.
Elneny is a defensive midfielder who will cost the Emirates club 7 million Euros, and is set to appear for a medical and gain international clearance. With the transfer window now open, Arsenal have been linked to several players including Watford striker Troy Deeny, but Wenger dismissed these rumours.
Arsenal close to completing ‘complicated’ deal
Elneny has been on Arsenal’s radar since the start of the season, and the deal was almost confirmed a few weeks before the transfer window opened. Also, Wenger has not ruled out any other reinforcements, and wants to keep his options open.
“It’s complicated a little bit but we work hard on it,” said the Frenchman, as reported by skysports. “I hope in the next two or three days we get to the end of it.”
“The only [signing]? I don’t rule out anybody else. He [Elneny] will at least be one of the signings and comes into an area where we are short at the moment.”
Is signing Elneny a wise decision?
After the hoard of injuries that Arsenal are facing, bringing in reinforcements is a must. Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are both sidelined for now, and Elneny could perfectly fill the void in defensive midfield.
With the manner in which the league table is poised at the moment, one would imagine this is Arsenal’s best chance to end the 11 year drought. Wenger, for once, needs to go for the jugular.