Arsenal are expected to be very busy over the next month as Mikel Arteta looks to improve his squad ahead of a big second half of the season to come. The Gunners are still in the title race, as well as the Champions League knockout stages despite only winning one of their last five games.
To abide by FFP, Arsenal will likely have to sell a first-team player first before bringing anyone in. The club spent over £200million in the summer on four new signings, but that hasn’t stopped Mikel Arteta wanting to improve his squad again in January.
The club are now close to securing their first sale of the January transfer window with Mohamed Elneny receiving offers from Turkish sides Trabzonspor and Besiktas, according to the Daily Mail. It’s also been reported Arsenal are willing to let go of the Egyptian this month with the player excited about a new challenge in Turkey.
The midfielder has been restricted to just one appearance in the Premier League this season, with Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Jorginho, Thomas Partey, Kai Havertz and others above the 31-year-old in the pecking order.
Mohamed Elneny’s contract expires at the end of the season, having signed only a one-year extension back in February. The midfielder has also been called up to the Egypt national team for the upcoming Africa Cup Of Nations meaning its likely we’ve seen the Egyptian play his last game in an Arsenal shirt.
After the defeat at Craven Cottage, Mikel Arteta admitted his side need a reset, which is set to come after the winter break: “We certainly need a reset after today because that’s going to be in our tummy for a few days. The game against West Ham felt very different because you can move on, it can happen. What happened today cannot happen again.
“If you do that, you’re never going to have the chance to be where we want to be. Today it could have been a beautiful way to finish the year top of the league. These are the margins and you have to find the balance.”