Mohamed Elneny is apparently in the middle of a dispute with Besiktas over his wages and is reportedly threatening to refuse to play for the Turkish side because he is owed €1.3m.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 03: Mohamed Elneny of Besiktas reacts at full-time after the UEFA Europa League group K match between Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vodafone Park on October 03, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 03: Mohamed Elneny of Besiktas reacts at full-time after the UEFA Europa League group K match between Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vodafone Park on October 03, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Elneny’s loan with Besiktas has not gone well.

Sent off in his debut and handed a three-match ban, his agent has been moaning since he got there about how unhappy the player is. He tried to get him a move in January but, in the end, nothing came of it.

He is clearly unwanted at Arsenal – and questions could be rightfully asked why he was even signed in the first place – but with football slowly returning around the globe, Elneny is apparently refusing to play for them again until his wages are sorted.

Besiktas, as with all Turkish sides, don’t have that much cash. We’ve experienced that shortage many times when they try to buy Arsenal players without parting with any cash for them.

They’ve apparently asked Elneny to be ‘patient’ with them but I doubt patience will do anything in this situation.

It certainly won’t magically produce money that he is owed.

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