Arsenal have completed the signing of Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny.

The 23-year-old midfielder joins from FC Basel in a deal reported to be worth around £7m. News of interest in the player broke on Christmas Eve and the move has been pushed through quickly as Arsène Wenger looks to reinforce his squad.

A strong midfielder, Elneny has an excellent physique and engine. He will be able to play in a deep midfield role for the Gunners, capable of driving box-to-box but also comfortable sitting in holding midfield and taking the ball off of the defence. His addition is much needed, with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla both injured and Jack Wilshere yet to play this season.

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 17: Mohamed Elneny of FC Basel 1893 celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League match between Fiorentina and Basel on September 17, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Arsenal have completed the signing of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel. Elneny could go straight into the squad to face Sunderland on Saturday. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Elneny joined Basel in January 2013, initially on loan before making the move permanent the following summer. He has won an impressive three Swiss titles with the club since arriving in Europe. He has also gained plenty of experience on the big stage, appearing in a total of 37 Champions League and Europa League matches for the Swiss side.

Since making his Egypt debut in 2011, the midfielder has earned 39 caps for his country, scoring three times. He also represented them at the 2012 Olympics in London.

With Basel in the Europa League this season he is eligible for Arsenal’s Champions League games, should he be registered to play, and could make his debut against Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday.

Welcome to Arsenal, Mohamed!