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Happy Birthday, Elneny!

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The fascination and intrigue surrounding the summer transfer window is all well and good when your team is bringing in a whole host of high level stars, but for Arsenal, that doesn’t really seem to be the case right now. Instead, they’re kind of struggling to make much of a dent when it comes to bringing new guys into the fold, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, they’re struggling to keep hold of some of their biggest names – if the reports are to be believed, that is.

Consistent or not?

The reason we’re bringing this up is because today is actually the 27th birthday of Mohamed Elneny, who has been continuously linked with a switch to French club Bordeaux over the course of the last few weeks. The Egyptian star has been with the club since back in 2016, and while he’s been tipped for some big things by a lot of different pundits, he hasn’t really been able to lock down a consistent place in the starting XI.

Even when he has, things haven’t gone quite as well for him as many fans would’ve initially predicted. This seems like a pretty morbid way of discussing him on his birthday, but given that he seemingly has one foot out of the door already, it’s worth talking about. Given his age it really does feel like the club could still use him in an effective way, especially with four competitions to deal with next season.

Heading abroad

Bordeaux feels like it’d be a decent enough move for him, because in Ligue 1, the role of a defensive midfielder is a pretty important one – and it isn’t quite as challenging as it is in the Premier League. Perhaps if he does decide to leave and he makes a few waves there for the next few years, then the Gunners can consider the possibility of bringing him back. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a possibility.

Beyond all of that noise, though, we just hope that Mohamed has a really great birthday today, which he almost certainly will. After all, if you’re a professional footballer, you’d definitely rather have your birthday take place in the middle of the summer break than have to go to Burnley away.

Slight dig aside, we wish you all the best in whatever it is that you decide to do next, Mohamed.

Will Elneny stay or will he go?

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