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Report: Unwanted Arsenal star set to seal loan departure

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to seal a season-long loan switch to Besiktas in the coming days. 

Unai Emery has already made it clear that Elneny has no future at the Emirates Stadium. The Egyptian is clearly surplus to requirements. The 27-year old is yet to feature for the Gunners so far this season and was rarely included in Emery’s team last time around. In face, Elneny managed just 17 outings in all competitions last season.

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For the sake of his own career, Elneny to needs to move on from north London as soon as possible. A switch to the Turkish club would offer him an opportunity to get his career back on track. He will need to impress though in order to earn a permanent move, as there is no real chance of him ever getting back into the first team reckoning at Arsenal. 

TBR’s view

Arsenal are certainly right to be moving Elneny on. The 75-cap Egypt international is a perfectly competent and reliable player, but he simply lacks elite-level quality. Arsenal are pushing for a return to the Champions League, and Elneny cannot help them achieve that objective. What’s more, Emery’s squad is already well-stocked with midfield talent. The likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock are all ahead of Elneny in the pecking order. 

A permanent switch this summer would have been preferable, but shipping Elneny off on loan still represents a smart move. 

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