Arsenal are not about to sell Mohamed Elneny to Besiktas, and the midfielder is set to remain with the club this season.

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League - St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster
Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

Starting earlier in the summer and resurfacing again recently, there have been rumours from abroad suggesting Besiktas are interested in bringing Mohamed Elneny back to the club.

Elneny spent time in the Super Lig with Besiktas in the 2019/20 season, before winning back a squad spot with Arsenal the following season. But according to Chris Wheatley, he’s not about to make a return to Turkey.

Wheatley reports that Elneny to Besiktas is not happening, and the midfielder is part of Mikel Arteta’s plans for the season. However, Arsenal haven’t offered Elneny a new contract, not yet revisiting preliminary discussions from the end of last season on the subject.

That means Elneny is now down to the final year of his contract with Arsenal. If nothing else changes, he’ll see out one final campaign with the club before leaving as a free agent.

It’s not hugely surprising to me to see Elneny sticking around. He’s always seemed relatively content with his squad role at Arsenal, working hard when he gets a chance but remaining positive when he doesn’t.

As a starter, we’ve reached the point where Arsenal really need to look elsewhere. But as a backup for one more season, it’s not exactly shocking to see Arteta continuing to keep Elneny around.

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