A Mohamed Elneny move to Fenerbahce looked to be on at one stage, but Arsenal’s midfield issues are making it unlikely now.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United battles for possession with Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United battles for possession with Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Mark Mann-Bryans reports that Mohamed Elneny to Fenerbahce had been on at one point, but it’s now looking less and less likely.

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal gives instructions during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal gives instructions during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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.

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