Date: 8th July 2019 at 3:04pm
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As Arsenal frantically search for transfer funds this summer given restrictions reportedly placed on the Gunners following failure to qualify for the Champions League. The north London club are looking to offload fringe players in an attempt to fund much-needed summer reinforcements. Reports have claimed the club are trying to sell Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and golden boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fund moves for Wilfried Zaha, William Saliba and Kieran Tierney in an attempt to sure up the backline following another miserable season for the Gunners defensively.

One player that has seemingly escaped the chop so far for Arsenal is midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who the club signed from Basel in 2016 for £7m. Since joining the club, the Egyptian midfielder has hardly set the world alight, by never really breaking into the first team at the Emirates and when he has played, he has put in sub-par performances. In the three seasons that Elneny has been at the north London club, he has failed to make more than 20 appearances across all competitions in a single season. With Elneny being valued at £7m as well as earning £50k a week, he could clear up some space on the wage bill as well as provide some much-needed transfer funds as the club look to regain a spot in the Champions League.

A second reason why the club should look to move the 26-year-old on this summer is that the club could use the rotation spot to further promote youth talents such as Joe Willock and Emile Smith-Rowe. With the club moving club legend Freddie Ljungberg into the first team coaching set up with a view to promoting the pathway from the academy to the first team it seems reasonable to put as few obstacles in the youth players way, especially with talents such as Willock and Smith-Rowe being highly thought of at Arsenal and across Europe. The Gunners would not want to run the risk of losing their young English talent abroad by blocking their first-team opportunities with a player who is average at best.

Overall I think Arsenal should continue with their exodus of fringe players this summer and Elneny should be one player shown the exit door. He has hardly shown any glimpses of a player that could be a regular in the Gunners starting line-up, and with Willock and Smith-Rowe showing glimpses of excellence throughout last season then it seems the smart move to favour the young up and coming pair of midfielders.

 

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