According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Mohamed Elneny could be on his way out of Arsenal this summer. The Egypt international only made the move to the Emirates Stadium back in 2016 but hasn’t always been a regular at the North London giants, thus prompting interest in his services this summer from French side Marseille.
And reports suggest that the 26-year-old could well be set to move to the Ligue 1 giants, which could be Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s first big mistake since taking over from Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer.
Ultimately, it wasn’t going to be an easy job for anybody to take over from Frenchman Wenger following his 22-year stint in charge of the club, but there was some optimism over the summer following the appointment of former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery, alongside some of the signings made during the close season.
The likes of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, and Stephan Lichtsteiner have all been seen as shrewd additions by some Gunners fans, and while the arrival of Torreira and Guendouzi is likely to add further competition for places in the centre of midfield, Arsenal would be making a mistake letting the talented Elneny leave.
Yes, the Egyptian star has suffered from some niggling injuries during his time at the Emirates Stadium, and as such hasn’t always been a regular in the starting eleven, but there have been glimpses from the 26-year-old that he could well give the Gunners that physical presence needed in the middle of the park.
Elneny was particularly impressive at the rear end of the 2015/16 campaign in starting nine of Arsenal’s last ten league games to usurp Tottenham in second place come the end of the season, with Wenger’s side remaining unbeaten during all nine of the matches the 26-year-old started.
Significantly, not only is Elneny a physical presence in the middle of the park, and thus able to dominate off the ball in making key tackles and interceptions, but he also possesses genuine quality on the ball in always showing for it in the middle, and seeking to get on it and move the Gunners forward.
Yes, Guendouzi may have got the nod against Manchester City at the weekend, and Torreira was the man Emery brought off the bench as opposed to Elneny, but having someone like the latter in the squad can only be beneficial to the new Gunners boss, as the midfield area has been something of a problem position for many a year now.
Thus, the Spaniard could be about to make his first big mistake as Arsenal manager by sanctioning the midfielder’s departure.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!