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Arsenal: Unai Emery tried to offload Mohamed Elneny last summer amid Bordeaux interest

Arsenal: Unai Emery tried to offload Mohamed Elneny last summer amid Bordeaux interest

Mohamed Elneny has certainly found the battle for first-team minutes tough at Arsenal following the arrival of Unai Emery last summer.

The Egypt international managed to make just 17 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners last season under the Spaniard, having featured 32 times for Arsene Wenger in the 2017/18 campaign.

Back in December, one of Elneny’s former coaches, Hamdy Nouh called for the player to leave in January in order to start playing regular football and regain his confidence.

Speaking to Goal, he said: “He needs to leave Arsenal in the next transfer market, at least on loan to play more and regain his confidence.

“He has been influenced lately by the change in coach and his new style, but I am confident that he will return better than before, because of his great potential and the competitive spirit that will help him get back in.”

However, it would seem Arsenal did not even want their £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) midfielder at the club for the previous campaign, should a report by The Times (subscription required) prove to be correct.

It is claimed Elneny was offered to Crystal Palace and Fulham last summer, however, both London outfits were believed to feel his wages were too expensive at the time.

Nevertheless, it would seem as though the 26-year-old could be ready to end his Emirates Stadium nightmare this summer instead as Girondins de Bordeaux are thought to have made an approach for him.

A move away from Arsenal this summer is clearly something Elneny needs to consider if he wants to be playing regular football once again.

The midfielder might have started his career at the Emirates Stadium in good fashion (making significant appearances in 2015/16 and 16/17), however, it is rather evident that he does not feature in Emery’s plans considering his lack of involvement last season.

With the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira appearing to occupy the positions that Elneny would play in (WhoScored suggest they are favoured over the Egypt international with their seasonal formation), the 26-year-old’s place in the pecking order is far from the top.

According to stats from WhoScored, he managed just five starts and three substitute appearances for Emery and when he has played, the former Basel man has seen his performances come in for criticism from his own fans.

The fact that Arsenal appeared to try and offload him last summer should have raised alarm bells regarding the Egyptian’s future at the club, and with the fact that the Gunners need to raise funds to strengthen their own squad because of a limited budget, it should not be a surprise to see he is available for sale once again.

Whether an agreement can be made between Bordeaux remains to be seen; however, it would surely be a move that would benefit everyone involved if one such deal can be completed this summer.

Arsenal fans, are you surprised the club tried to sell Elneny last summer? Do you think he deserves a chance in Emery’s side? Let us know by sharing your thoughts with us below…

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