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Arsene Wenger ponders Mohamed Elneny role shift

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Milos Markovic

The Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny could be set for a change of position next season.

The 25-year-old Egypt international has lost his place in the pecking order at Arsenal last season and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

Turkish giants Galatasaray and former Premier League champions Leicester City have expressed interest in Elneny but the Arsenal midfielder is said to be unwilling to leave London where he feels comfortable and ‘enjoys life too much’.

Elneny appears to be prepared to be pushed to the margins of the first team next season with plenty of competition for places in midfield, but Arsene Wenger appears to have found the solution that will allow him to make a good use of the Egypt international after all.

Speaking ahead of the Emirates Cup the Arsenal boss suggested Elnely could be set for a changed role next season.

Given the fact Arsenal haven’t added a centre-back to the squad during the summer transfer window, concerns have been raised over Gunners’ defence following the fifth-place finish last season.

And Wenger has suggested that Mohamed Elneny could be a solution to the problem stating that the Egyptian could be used in a centre-half role during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

“Yes he does [fit the bill as a centre-half]. Elneny is a player who has a fantastic mentality and attitude, and his main target is to help the team. When he plays there, of course he does extremely well.”, Wenger said.

Arsenal added Sead Kolasinac to their backline during summer, but the Bosnia and Herzegovina international is a left-back with impressive attacking attributes. Arsenal have, I nthe meantime, struggled defensively last season with a couple of players getting constantly injured and the addition of Elneny to the defensive selection could be a vital boost for the Gunners.

“I always felt that a good central midfielder can be a good centre back. With the fact of course that when you’re playing in the back four you have to be decisive in the challenges, you have a bit more flexibility in the middle of a back three. He can do that.”, Wenger added.

Arsenal officially begin the new season with the FA Community Shield clash against Chelsea on 6 August.

The Gunners are priced at 23/10 betting odds to pip the Premier League champions to the trophy.

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