The long-awaited and “complicated” deal to bring Mohamed Elneny from Basel to Arsenal is finally complete.
Elneny is a 23-year-old box-to-box Egyptian midfielder has 39 caps with three goals on the international stage, and played more than 140 games for Basel. A quarter of those came in European competition.
And the midfielder is very happy to join the Emirates Stadium set, where he could debut on Sunday at Stoke City.
“Mr Wenger is a highly respected manager and one of the world’s best managers. It is my honour to be trained under his management.
“It is one the biggest clubs in the world, I know everything about it and its players.
“I would like to tell [the fans] that, although you have not seen much of me, I promise I will contribute positively with the team. I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League as well.”
Lofty goals for Elneny, who could be a critical component in filling the gap caused by Francis Coquelin’s knee injury.