Arsene Wenger seems to be acting strangely as, despite his public statements saying that he doesn’t want to lose any of his Arsenal players, he appears to be listening to offers for just about anyone right now!
After admitting yesterday that Francis Coquelin could be leaving the Emirates – “It’s a possibility,” he said. “but nothing is decided.” – it is now being rumoured that another midfielder, Mohamed Elneny, is being targeted by the new West Ham manager David Moyes. Our London neighbours, who changed their manager to try and buck their descent into the relegation zone, were also previously reported to be interested in Coquelin, but that has now been denied by Wenger – “No, we have no contact with West Ham.”
But according to Sky Sports, Elneny is definitely one of the names on Moyes list of wanted midfielders, and it is easy to envisage that the Egyptian hero could be keen on finding first-team action ahead of this summers World Cup Finals in Russia.
Elneny has been out of favour with Wenger for some while and has only made three League starts this season. With a surplus of midfielders at the club, Wenger tried him out as a defender but with disastrous results and he has since only been picked for Europa League or Caraboa Cup games, and with emerging youngsters like Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson coming into contention Elneny has dropped even further down the pecking order.
Egypt are making their first appearance at the World Cup for 28 years and Elneny wants to be fit and ready to make a big impact on the World stage, but would Arsenal fans care if he was sold this January?