Arsenal transfer at risk from work permit problems?

It should have been a done deal by now and us Arsenal fans should have been getting ready to greet a new Gunner to the Emirates. But Mohamed Elneny will not be unveiled as Arsene Wenger’s first signing of the January transfer window, at least not yet.

It looks as though Arsene Wenger has taken the need for Arsenal to strengthen our midfield options very seriously, as he tries to keep up the Premier League title challenge after being hit with the injury problems to key players like Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.

So with those two joining Arteta, Wilshere and Rosicky on the sidelines, Wenger clearly wanted to get the Elneny transfer from Basel done as quickly as possible, so the transfer fee of around £7 million is agreed and the player has already completed his medical with Arsenal, according to an ESPN report.

But then we have a problem as the 23-year old is an Egyptian international and as they are fairly low down in the FIFA rankings the work permit for him to play in England is not automatic. So Arsenal may have to appeal for special dispensation and there is no guarantee that we will get it.

Hopefully it will not be a problem and the sooner it gets sorted the better but I wonder if Wenger is already looking at other options just in case.

Tags Basel Elneny Wenger


  1. SoOpa AeoN says:

    hehehe *speechless*

  2. GoonerLad says:

    Effing hell, this was the same issue with Campbell.. Can’t the governments re-make the laws to accommodate football players ?

    1. stubill says:

      Why in the hell should they? It would set a president in law, and the last thing we need is to give a load of immigrants even more license to come here. In this case it’s certainly, country before club.

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    the hammers are currently whooping pool………hope that punditry douche bag(carragher) is watching his old team play…… He gotta stop sniffing arnd arsenal’s business and concentrate on pool

  4. Davros says:

    Still a month to go. No need to panic. I am sure we have had the same situation before.

    I am hoping we will get a big threat on goal as well like a versatile winger who is in top form

    At least Wenger is getting outfielders during this transfer period lol hopefully

    1. Godswill says:

      Yes. Those in the office they must have known this and what to do. I can’t wait to welcome new legs into the team.

  5. Twig says:

    I believe Ibrahimovic will be tempted to join Arsenal when his contract expires. Given his huge wages and considering he’ll be 35 years old by then, do you think Arsenal should go for him?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Definitely not. A 35-year old mercenary looking for a last big pay check. No thanks.

      Odd how Chelsea had no problem with Salahs work permit..?

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        Chelsea never have work permit problems. No other team does for that matter, just us…

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:


  6. Petre Cech all over again.Pity we couldn’t get a work permit for Arshevin.

  7. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Elneny has 39 international caps! ?
    if that don’t count when Arsenal sign young foreigners than xxxx me! ?
    This is beyond a Joke and it only seems to be Arsenal fc that struggles with getting work permits.

    Unbelievable! ?

  8. Fatboy Gooney says:

    No Gabriel in the starting line up ?? Wtf!

  9. Davros says:

    Official Teams?

    Sorry, I’m not very patient 🙂

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