Monday 21 May 2018

Done Deal: Arsenal complete signing of Mohamed Elneny

Mohamed Elneny is on his way to Arsenal
Mohamed Elneny is on his way to Arsenal

Arsenal have announced the signing of midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basle.

The 23-year-old Egypt international won three consecutive Super League titles with Basle and also played in European competition.

Elneny is expected to offer some much-needed cover in midfield, with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla still recovering from injury.

Arsenal added the deal was "subject to the completion of regulatory processes", but hope Elneny could feature in the squad at Stoke on Sunday.

Manager Arsene Wenger will hope the confirmation of Elneny's transfer will give his side a timely boost after they dropped two points at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Just when it seemed the Barclays Premier League leaders underlined their title credentials by twice coming from behind to go 3-2 ahead, the visitors conceded an added-time equaliser to Liverpool substitute Joe Allen.

The draw allowed Leicester to join Arsenal at the top of the table following a late winner at Tottenham, and represented a missed opportunity to put more ground between themselves and third-placed Manchester City, who were held to a goalless draw by Everton.

It left the Arsenal manager frustrated and even the conclusion of the drawn-out transfer of Basle midfielder Elneny, which has been held up by visa paperwork, could not lift his mood.

Elneny has to be registered by noon on Friday to be eligible to play at Stoke on Sunday and Wenger is hopeful that will be done.

''He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday,'' he said.

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