Arsenal announce the signing of Mohamed Elneny

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Arsenal have officially announced the signing of FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

The 23-year-old has joined the Gunners for a reported £5 million fee and will be eligible to play in this season's Champions League campaign, where Arsenal face Barcelona in the last-16.

Elneny has spent thee years in Switzerland winning a Super League title in each season and making 91 appearances in the process. The Egyptian has played 28 times this during this campaign, scoring six goals.


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The defensive midfielder has played in England before, during the 2012 London Olympics where he helped Egypt reach the quarter-finals.

Following their 3-3 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night, Wenger is hopeful that his new signing is likely to be available for their next match against Stoke.

“He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday,” the Frenchman said.

Elneny will expected to plug the gap left in the centre of the park left by injuries to Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.

Lack of back-up

Arsenal fans have often bemoaned that lack of back-up to defensive midfielder Coquelin and, with the Frenchman sidelined with a long-term knee injury, Gunners fans will welcome the signing of Elneny.

On a statement on their official website Arsenal said: "The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to welcome Mohamed to the club."

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