Arsenal Midfielder Set For Ligue 1 Move: Should The Gunners Cash In On Him This Summer?

According to a recent report by Foot Mercato, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny could be set for an exit from the North London club before the European transfer market slams shut on September 2nd. The same source has also claimed that FC Girondins de Bordeaux are currently the favourite to secure the services of the Egyptian talent this summer. 

Elneny’s Frustrating Career At The Emirates Stadium

Elneny had to endure a frustrating campaign for the Gunners last season when he failed to establish himself in Unai Emery’s first-team. The 27-year-old went on to appear in 17 matches for the UEFA Europa League finalists while creating one assist in the process.

The Egypt international is primarily a holding midfielder who has made an average of 1.6 tackles, 0.3 interceptions and 1.0 clearances per game in the Premier League last season (stats via whoscored).

His situation has not improved in this campaign as he is yet to make a senior appearance for the North London club. Hence, it might be the ideal time for him to switch clubs to ensure regular first-team football this term. Elneny’s career has been hampered due to the lack of game time in recent seasons. The Gunners can also benefit by getting him off their wage bill as his current contract is set to run out in the summer of 2022.

What Are The Egyptian’s Strengths And Weaknesses?

Elneny loves to operate as the midfield anchorman and is always willing to put in a tireless shift for his team. He doesn’t mind doing the dirty defensive work at the centre of the park so that his teammates can get adequate support at the back.

The former FC Basel talent can also make some key interceptions for his side. However, the Egyptian midfield ace doesn’t contribute too much going forward. He can also be found guilty of surrendering possession cheaply in midfield, which is a cause for concern.

Should The North London Giants Part Ways With Elneny This Summer?

Its high time that Emery finds a new club for Elneny as the midfielder does not seem to be in his first-team plans for this campaign. Therefore, Arsenal should waste no time in sanctioning a deal for the Egyptian prospect before the European transfer market comes to a close next month.

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