Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan deal.
Elneny has been frozen out since the arrival of Gunners boss Unai Emery in May 2018 and made just eight Premier League appearances last term.
The signing of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and promotion of Joe Willock to the starting XI has seen Elneny slip further down the pecking order.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan deal
The 27-year-old hasn’t featured for the Gunners in their opening three Premier League games
Elneny posted a picture on social media as he prepared to fly to Turkey and complete his move
The 27-year-old will now have the opportunity to play regular first team football in Turkey’s top flight, as well as the Europa League.
Besiktas were drawn in Group K during Friday’s draw in Monaco, along with Wolves, Braga and Slovan Bratislava.
If Besiktas progress, Elneny could eventually cross paths with Arsenal, who were drawn in Group F, though it isn’t yet known if he would be allowed to feature against his parent club.
Elneny joined the Gunners from FC Basel for £7 million in January 2016 and made 46 Premier League appearances for the club, but never scored in the top flight.
He enjoyed the best spell of his career at Basel, where he won four successive league titles and became a regular for Egypt.