Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has revealed he plans to remain at the Emirates Stadium despite the Gunners having accepted a £10m bid from Leicester City earlier this summer. The 25-year-old looked set for a move to the Midlands but rejected the Foxes and will now fight for a starting place with Arsenal.
I am staying at Arsenal this season,” Elneny said after Arsenal’s Community Shield win, reports the Independent. “I am 100 per cent focused and will give my best to the club day after day.” The Egyptian international was signed from FC Basel in January 2016 and impressed early on with two Arsenal Player of the month awards in his debut season.
But as competition for a starting place became stiff, manager Arsene Wenger needed more than what Elneny could provide on the pitch. The midfielder is a composed head in possession but is a jack of all trades, master of none type that Arsenal didn’t need.
It was no surprise to see that a side like Leicester City would want to sign him, but Arsenal’s happiness to let him go was odd considering the lack of fit options in the squad. Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are recovering from injuries, leaving the Gunners short on cover.
Elneny could prove to be an important player after all.