Arsene Wenger had better options than Mohamed Elneny to pursue

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It looks like Arsene Wenger has moved quickly in the transfer window and with such an injury-ravaged squad, it is easy to see why. Arguably, this is the best opportunity the Gunners will have to win the title for quite some time and a chance that surely can't be missed.

If reports are to be believed, a deal has been all-but sealed for Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel for a fee around £7 million. Elneny has been given the defensive midfielder label, but is he really what they are currently lacking?

There is no doubt the north London side are missing Francis Coquelin. He is comfortable performing the ugly side of the game and isn't overly bothered about missing out on the glory and plaudits.


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Another player in that mould is Mathieu Flamini, but with age not on his side and some shaky performances of late, it is clear Wenger doesn't trust him to provide cover for the whole season.

So what is Elneny?

The 23-year-old, is known for his range of passing and desire to shoot from long distance and with some eye-catching performances in the Europa League, there is much for the Gunners faithful to be excited about, but will he sit in front of the back five and protect them?

Francis Coquelin's job is to win the ball and then give it to a playmaker - will Elneny be happy doing that? It appears to be of a similar ilk to Aaron Ramsey - box to box and chipping in with his fair share of goals.

Are there alternatives?

With rumours gathering speed that Calum Chambers is heading back for a loan stint at Southampton, it is apparent Wenger doesn't judge him capable for that defensive midfield role currently.

Would it be a terrible deal for either club if Victor Wanyama went to Arsenal and Chambers went the other way on loan?

After his performance against the Gunners on Boxing Day, It is only a matter of time before the Kenyan moves to a Champions League club, so why not cash in on him now while they can get a very capable utility player in replacement, quickly and easily?

For Wanyama, it is probably the move he is craving. His extra desire and determination against a club that could potentially request his services in the near future spoke volumes, and for Arsenal, he too is a player content with protecting the back five.

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