Arsenal new January signing set to make debut at Stoke City

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Mohamed Elneny with the deal set to be finalised in time for him to play against Stoke City on Saturday.

The 23-year-old is understood to already be in London and has completed his medical ahead of putting pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half year deal with the Gunners, as reported by Sky Sports.

Arsene Wenger will likely be delighted with the acquisition of the Basel star, and he will be hopeful that he can immediately bring him into his plans starting on Sunday.

Elneny has played for Egypt 39 times already in his career, while he has helped Basel to three consecutive Swiss league titles to emerge as one of the most highly-rated talents in Europe.

Having also guided the club to the semi-finals of the Europa League during his first season, he has experience of playing in European competition and Wenger will undoubtedly hope that he can play an integral role in their bid for success both at home and abroad in the second half of the campaign.

Arsenal remain top of the Premier League table heading into Wednesday’s clash with Liverpool, with the north London giants sitting two points above nearest rivals Leicester City.

However, with injuries to the likes of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, the club’s supporters have been hoping for reinforcements this month and it appears as though their calls will be answered.

Although critics will question Wenger’s choice in terms of signing a player untested in the Premier League, the Frenchman will undoubtedly have full faith in his new arrival who will likely play a key role for the club in the coming months.

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