There have been rumours about Arsenal having to cut the wage bill, and also that Marseille have come in with an offer for Mohammed Elneny, but I can assure you that that is very unlikely to happen. The Egyptian is a great utility squad player and has only just signed a new contract this year. We know his wages are tiny compared to the likes of Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey and Torreira and he can fill in many positions when called upon.
Not only that, but Emery made it clear that the only ones that will leave are already decided, and Elneny is not one of them. “Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players,” Emery said.
“We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina, and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave.
“But the other players are with us and we are going to work at the Emirates the day before the match with all the players,”
So why would he change his mind now?
The one thing that could really have an effect on reducing our wage bill would be to sell Ramsey and not give him a massive pay rise, and in my opinion that is much more likely to happen if he doesn’t sign the contract in the next week. I can see no sense in letting him run his contract down as we have seen the negative effect it can have on the squad…
So my conclusion… Elneny going nowhere!