Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has been on the periphery all season, spending more time off the pitch than on it, and it appears he’s fallen so out of favour that he could be sold in the summer as things stand. The Egyptian international has made just 10 starts in all competitions this season, his further 11 appearances coming from the bench, and has been an unused substitute on eight occasion.
Elneny last appearance for Arsenal was February’s FA Cup win over Sutton United, which incidentally saw him taken off after due to injury, and the 24-year-old could be one of many players allowed to leave if there’s significant interest. He joined Arsenal from FC Basel for around £10M in January 2016 and now finds himself low down on the pecking order.
Summer-signing Granit Xhaka edged his way in front of Elneny early into the season, while the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have played more games in midfield in recent weeks than the Egyptian. As a result, it’s unlikely he will have much of a future given the rebuild needed at the end of the season.
Arsenal’s midfield has been a source of complaint from supporters throughout the campaign as manager Arsene Wenger seemingly hasn’t found the best formula in the middle of the park. Elneny was a popular choice after a decent debut season in 2015/16 but will he remain at the Emirates Stadium past the summer?