Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal new boy Mohamed Elneny will make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup encounter with Burnley.
The 23-year-old has been limited to the bench since arriving from Basel in a £7m move earlier this month, but with Wenger looking to rotate his squad, the Egyptian international could be given an opportunity to impress with his new teammates.
Elneny has yet to play minute for the side, but that could be about to change as the Gunners look to continue on their path towards three successive FA Cup triumphs.
“It’s a possibility that I’ll have a look at him tomorrow,” Wenger said at his prematch news conference on Friday, as reported by ESPN FC. “He has good technique, good vision, quick decision making. And he’s very mobile, very agile.”
The French tactician has a number of options at his disposal as the likes of Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are available again while captain Mikel Arteta is also set for a return.
It will be a welcome boost for the Gunners boss as he will finally be able to rest the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, who have undoubtedly taken on a bigger load since the squad was hit with several damaging injury setbacks.
“I will make some changes, not many,” Wenger said. “We spoke about Elneny, maybe I will give him a chance to play. Coquelin, I will have to think about it. But I will play with a Premier League team.”
Coquelin’s return will particularly be seen as a huge boost for Arsenal, who have arguably struggled to maintain their defensive intensity and solidity in the midfielder’s absence.
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