It’s almost starting to become old news here in the Football Transfer Tavern that everything is pointing towards FC Basel’s Mohamed Elneny becoming Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window.
For whatever reason, the transfer still hasn’t been completed as yet with work permit issues having had to be sorted out but everybody is expecting the move to completed in a matter of hours now rather than days.
In all honesty, a large majority of our Gooners in the tavern hadn’t even heard of Elneny prior to the rumours spiking around Christmas time but they are willing to get behind the Egyptian international as he bids to become a dominant force in the second half of the Gunners’ promising Premier League campaign.
After all, our Arsenal fans are usually delighted to see anybody new arriving at Emirates Stadium given how stringent Arsene Wenger is with new signings and it’s certainly refreshing to see the club moving early this time around.
Arsenal are in desperate need of first team bodies at the moment with the club’s seemingly annual injury crisis having struck yet again and Arsene Wenger has been forced to play literally the same starting eleven for a few weeks now.
When it comes to Elneny, the 23-year-old is being brought in not only to strengthen the immediate numbers but also to compete with Francis Coquelin long-term with every expectation that Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini will be released come the end of the season.
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