A Mohamed Elneny move to Fenerbahce looked to be on at one stage, but Arsenal’s midfield issues are making it unlikely now.
With Arsenal not currently expecting any midfield arrivals before Monday’s transfer deadline, and the problems they’ve faced in the position over the last few weeks, Elneny is set to stay.
Of course, this is likely only a short-term reprieve for Elneny at Arsenal. His contract still ends in the summer, and it’s hard to see him staying any longer than that.
Elneny has made 10 appearances for Arsenal this season, but even that makes him sound busier than he’s actually been.
The midfielder has only played 422 minutes in all competitions, which doesn’t even come to five games’ worth.
The Egypt international might be useful as a backup while Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka can’t stop picking up red cards, but it’s unlikely he features a huge amount when those two are available.
For the time being, Elneny is away at AFCON anyway. Aside from Arsenal u23 Omar Rekik, he’s the only Arsenal player remaining in the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Egypt knocked out Ivory Coast and Nicolas Pepe in the last-16, though they did need a penalty shootout (in which Pepe scored) to do so.
You may remember Elneny playing and scoring in the AFCON final in 2017, as Egypt were on the losing side against Cameroon. They’ll want to put that right by winning it all this time.