Arsenal Defensive Midfielder Posts Emotional ‘Goodbye’ Message: What Should Emery Do Here?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal takes on Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Football.London, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has sparked speculation linking him with an exit from the Emirates Stadium this month after he posted an emotional message on Twitter. In his official Twitter account, he made a post which said, “The 14th of Jan is a day that will always be engraved in my heart,”  

“Three years ago, on this same day, I joined the Arsenal family.

“I call it family, because it is how it’s like to be here at Arsenal. I’m grateful for every single moment during those three years, the tough moments and the many happy ones.

“I’m grateful for the one of a kind fans, for the coaches, for the colleagues who became real brothers, for everyone.

“I’m grateful for the past and I’m very much looking forward to the future.”

His recent words indicate that he is posting such an update to either celebrate his third anniversary as an Arsenal player or expressing his emotions before leaving the North London club later this month. 

The Egyptian international has hardly featured for Unai Emery’s side this season with most of his appearances coming in the cup competitions. The 26-year-old has made just eight appearances for the Gunners this term and has one goal to his name in all competitions.

Elneny has been plagued with injuries recently, so life has not been easy for him at the Emirates Stadium. Hence, he could benefit from making a fresh start away from the North London club where there would be less pressure for him to perform on the pitch. At 26, the Egyptian talent is about to embark upon the peak years of his career so if he is not playing regularly under Emery; it makes a lot of sense for him to move on in search of more game time in January. 

The Arsenal talent is a tireless workhorse at the centre of the park who primarily plays as a holding midfielder. He loves making tackles in midfield and can retain possession well for his team. However, he is not as creative as some of the other top players in his position. One could even argue that the Mahalla born player could offer more on the pitch than what Matteo Guendouzi or Granit Xhaka has been producing in recent weeks. 

Having said that, the fact that Elneny has just seen 59 minutes of Premier League football this season doesn’t bode well for his career. So Emery should either retain his services if he is willing to play him more regularly or else part ways with the player this month so that the Gunners can make space for new acquisitions.

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