Ever since joining Arsenal from FC Basel last January, the Gunners midfielder Mohammed Elneny has always been on the fringes of Arsene Wenger’s squad and has so far failed to make an impact in the Premier League. On signing his new contract at the club, the Arsenal boss admitted that he will have to let some players go in order to bring in reinforcements as the squad is a bit ‘heavy’ at the moment, and I believe that Elneny is one of the players that Arsenal must cut their losses on.
While the Egyptian is a neat and tidy midfielder who works hard, the problem is that he does not offer much more. Now although he hasn’t been handed too many opportunities in the Arsenal side, it is fair to say that he hasn’t particularly impressed when given an opportunity. Despite not having any horror performances under his belt, you kind of get the feeling as to what the player can offer and surely, Mohammed Elneny is not up to the Arsenal standard.
But apart from Elneny’s failure to impress, an even bigger reason as to why I feel the Egyptian has to be let go is that Arsenal need to sign a midfielder to replace Santi Cazorla this summer. With the Spaniard now confirming that he will be out at least until November and more complications in his rehabilitation expected after as many as eight surgeries, surely Arsenal need to sign a player in the mould of Santi, and I believe Elneny should be the player making way considering that he offers next to nothing to the team, even failing to make it to the matchday squad on most occasions.
Even Jack Wilshire has proved this season that he can bring something to the team if he stays fit, having made 27 appearances on loan at Bournemouth before suffering a leg break. While one can never be sure about the Englishman, it is unlikely that he will be let go considering he’s still quite young and counts as a homegrown player. Looking at the transfer market right now, Marco Verratti seems to be the perfect player Arsenal could sign to fill the shoes of Santi.