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Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal signing; international could face Stoke on Sunday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners have signed FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

The Egypt international featured 26 times for the Swiss side this season, but has been increasingly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks.

Wenger was made to wait—the Standard confirm that Arsenal have had to wait for work permit and visa processing—but the French manager now has his man.

Indeed, as reported by the Standard, Wenger even hinted that the North African could be in line to feature against Stoke City in Premier League action on Sunday.

“Elneny will of course join us. He has joined us,” Wenger confirmed. “We will see if he can qualify for Sunday.”

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The tabloid [as above] note that the 23-year-old has arrived for a £7 million fee, and he could emerge as a viable option to add control, determination and discipline to Arsenal’s midfield.

While the Gunners created superbly against Liverpool on Wednesday, they were also overrun regularly in the heart of the park, and it’s clear that Wenger’s side need extra support in the heart of the park, particularly with Francis Coquelin out injured.

Elneny, who has enjoyed great success in Switzerland since moving from El Mokawloon, could be just the player to give the Gunners some required ballast in the heart of the park for the second half of their title tilt.

 

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