It might be a push for Arsene Wenger to throw the new Arsenal signing straight into action against Sunderland on Saturday, but with The Mirror reporting that the Gunners are ready to announce the transfer of Mohamed Elneny from the Swiss champions Basel, it is certainly a possibility.
The only thing that has been holding up the completion of the transfer deal said to be costing Arsenal around 10 million euros was the wait for a work permit for the player but that appears top have now been agreed. And with the 23-year old being brought in to cover for the many central midfield injury problems currently affecting Arsenal and with the defence of the FA cup being of secondary importance to our Premier League title chase, I would not be too surprised to see the Egypt international start against Sunderland.
It will probably depend on what happens at training over the next few days and to be honest it is more likely that Elneny will feature at some point but not from the start but I am sure that the Arsenal boss would like to have Mathieu Flamini and Aaaron Ramsey as fresh as possible for the Premier League away clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
So could Elneny be set for an early Arsenal debut this weekend?