Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor.
68-year-old Wenger left his role as Gunners boss last month after 22 years in charge of the North London heavyweights, in which time he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup crowns. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan for the Frenchman in the last few seasons, to the point that Spaniard Emery will take over a team that finished 37 points adrift of champions Manchester City in the Premier League this term.
Thus, there is plenty of work for the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss to do to take the club back to its past glories, and one man who could reportedly be on his way to the Emirates Stadium is Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
And were the £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) to indeed make the move to North London, it would surely spell bad news for Egypt international Mohamed Elneny.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old hasn’t entirely convinced during his short time at Arsenal since making the move from Basel back in 2016, with 72 appearances to show for his endeavours, 52 of which have been starts.
Yes, injuries have certainly had some part to play in his inability to completely nail down a spot in the Gunners midfield, but the fact that Emery is reportedly targeting Fellaini, another physically imposing midfielder, would suggest that he isn’t overly sure about Elneny’s capabilities.
Last term for instance, the Egyptian star only managed 11 Premier League starts under Arsene Wenger and was often second in command behind the likes of Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere – adding another central midfielder is unlikely to help his cause.
And with reports also linking Arsenal with moves for Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, two other midfielders likely to take Elneny’s position in the side, the 25-year-old’s future prospects at the Emirates look very bleak indeed.
Yes, he has only recently penned a new long-term deal to remain at the club, but that was before Emery was appointed as Wenger’s successor, and as such it may only serve to strengthen the Gunners’ hand in possible negotiations were they to sell the midfielder.
And while Fellaini hasn’t always been convincing during his time at United, there is little doubting that he often influenced play when he was on the pitch, be it as a more physical presence in the middle of the park, or indeed by offering a more direct outlet when going forward.
And with Arsenal clearly in need of midfield reinforcements after years of struggling in that department, Emery may see the Belgium international as the man to help take his side forward in the near future.
And all that leaves Elneny facing a very uncertain future at the Emirates, with Fellaini’s possible arrival likely to spell further bad news for the 25-year-old.
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