European giants regret rejecting signing after deal agreed for Arsenal star

Galatasaray are claimed to have had a deal sewn up to sign Mo Elneny in the winter window, before a change in management blocked his signing from Arsenal.

The Turkish giants have endured a season to forget, sitting in the bottom half of the Super Lig throughout the campaign, with manager Fatih Terim requesting three signings, Mo Elneny, Trezeguet and Gedson Fernandes, with all deals being worked on before the Turkish manager was sacked 10 days into the window.

After he was replaced, his replacement decided to divert their attention to alternative signings, and Gala are now claimed to be frustrated at that decision, with Trezeguet impressing for İstanbul Başakşehir while Elneny has found form in our side of late.

Milliyet reports that they have serious regret about their decision to turn down their signings after agreements were made, and it is easy to see why.

Thankfully we didn’t sell him, as our squad was left light as things stood already, and his return to the line-up alongside Eddie Nketiah has been crucial to our return to form amidst a number of absentees as our side steered ourselves back on course for the Champions League places.

Do you think Arsenal opted against signing a midfielder in January because the Elneny deal broke down?


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  1. Fair play he’s been absolutely brilliant these last few weeks
    Him along side Xhaka has now got us back fighting for the top 4 place ,maybe the great Arsene knew what he was doing after all regarding these 2 transfers

    1. Then I wonder , DAN , how Arsene could plausibly explain away the intervening years between his signing and these last few games, when Elneny was, in all but a mere handful of games in all that time, a really poor player and hardly used, even by Wenger?

      1. Absolutely not jon
        He was used as a back up which is exactly what he was bought for
        Wenger left and he was sent out on loan in between he was bought back and played some great games before being moved back out on loan now back he as once again showed what a player who cost 5 million can actually do regarding helping out the team when he was apparently not anywhere near the first team .
        As much as I love partey when he as a good game Elneny and Xhaka have probably got us top 4 with their last few performances ,hence why I said thank you to Wenger as both players were deemed not good enough .
        The he last few games the best players have been players not signed by Arteta but the great Arsene.

          Don’t get me wrong though, he is a top man and real trouper but just too poor for my taste and is hardly ever picked across the years.

          We will be in Europe next year in one or other comp and we will need far betterquality than him, despite his excellent attitude. Just my view though, DAN.

          1. Jon..if you have been following up on Elneny and Xhaka’s interviews they have been trying to talk to fans like you..they need the support in form and out of form..when they have a good game they suit your taste then one game out form they are nothing to ua offence but you really miss the point as a back up player we need to extend his contract

            1. Lewise, Actually , it is you who misses MY point.

              That neither Elneny nor Xhaka are good enough for a team with ambitions to actually DO SOMETHING POSIVE in next years CL and not just to qualify for it but have no real hope to go a long way Right NOW they both have some very limited use IMO.



              And in truth, I personally do not see either as even adequate squad players for future seasons Not if we are to improve, rather than stay as we are.

      2. Jon as Dan said he was bought as a backup in 2016,and for the reported fee of 5M-7M,I would call it a bargain, wouldn’t you??

    2. @Dan kit

      “maybe the great Arsene knew what he was doing after all regarding these 2 transfers”…, yeah only took about 5 years for them to perform, and only under a different manager!

      1. And he only took MA 3 losses in a row against mid-table teams to start playing Elneny next to Xhaka and stop playing Xhaka as a LB.

  2. Let’s be honest here, are there better miidfielders than xhaka, Elneny, sambi, maitland-niles and even an unfit Partey?.

    Forget sentiment, this is a major area where we are poor.

    We are non existent in the striking department too.

  3. Eleney is a very loyal campaigner, who never complains it seems , he gives one hundred percent every single times he’s call on.

    Can’t seing it causing any problems, with him sticking around with his great attitude, best to keep this loyal servant as opposed to bringing in one that’s not much better.

    But yes we are going to need massive upgrade in this department, as we are expecting to keep better company next season

    1. Exactly this. Great squad player who will provide needed depth. Surely sets a terrific example for the younger guys. Plus there’s a limit to how many guys we can actually sign and the amount squad turnover Arteta wants to deal with.

  4. Permit me to say this, some arsenal fans just cannot be patient ad give time to the coach to implement what he is seeing daily in the practice field. The pressured Arsene Wenger to leave even though he was getting us into champions league every year . Don’t forget some fans called or Arteta to be sacked wen performance was not good. Lol at Liverpool, how supportive the fans were when things were not going well We must larn to giveduring Klopp’s early years there . We must learn to give full support to our players and coaching crew not only when thegoings are well but during bad times too.

  5. Elneny is a god player ,any coach who understands his game and bring him in to perform that task in some games, surely will get quality result from him.
    His performance now is not by fluke. He does the same thing or Egypt national team.
    Xhaka is equally Good, only sometimes he goes more aggressive which affects the team but he is getting better by the day.

  6. If we made it to champions league nest yr we surely need more players in the team Elinny has done great job I pray he stay come nest season coz the team look promising

  7. I am eyeing on Timmo Pukki as a a centre forward that can bring quality and depth to Arsenal’s striking force . Now that Norwich has been relegated ,wouldn’t it be an bargain and valuable signing for us?

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