Arsenal are not currently in talks with Mohamed Elneny over a contract extension, as his deal approaches its final year.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal is closed down by Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on February 28, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal is closed down by Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Athletic report that Arsenal aren’t currently holding negotiations with Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny over a new contract. The 28-year-old’s deal in North London expires in 2022, suggesting this is a key summer for his future.

Back in late March to early April, there was quite a lot of gossip about an extension. The reports were mostly driven by Elneny’s agent, who suggested they were working on a renewal.

But even at the time, the agent also suggested there were offers for the player to leave, and they still had a decision to make over his future. That will be even more true if Arsenal haven’t opened contract talks like the agent expected.

Elneny made 41 appearances (27 starts) for Arsenal in 2020/21, his busiest campaign with the club. The problem is that his minutes were largely increased as a result of various injuries to his teammates.

If Arsenal make a couple of midfield signings, with no European football available next season, and if they have a bit more luck with avoiding injuries, Elneny could find himself back on the bench on a regular basis.

Given that possibility and the lack of extension talks, Elneny might start considering an exit.

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