The Egyptian was linked with a move away from the Gunners at times during the transfer window, and it seems as if Turkish outfit Galatasaray were the side most interested – as per Takvim (via Sports Witness) – in signing the 29-year-old.
While speaking on his own personal YouTube channel, Wheatley has revealed how close the player came to leaving and just what it now means for the future (1:35):
“Mohamed Elneny is another player who was linked with a summer move away from the club. Now his contract expires next summer, I was told that there were preliminary talks at the end of last season, which weren’t picked up and haven’t been picked up since.
“He is set to leave the club next summer. He was linked with a move to Galatasaray on transfer deadline day, and it’s my understanding that the club did bat away an inquiry from the Turkish side.
“He’s currently sidelined through injury. But again, Elneny is another player set to leave the club.”
TIF thoughts on Mohamed Elneny and Arsenal…
Arsenal have endured a pretty dismal start to the new Premier League season, losing their first three games without scoring once, but did at least claim their first win and goal last weekend against Norwich City.
The Egyptian was a regular member of Arteta’s squad last season – making 41 appearances across all competitions – and will likely hope to get some minutes back in the side soon, even if just to boost his reputation ahead of the impending departure that Wheatley predicts will come next summer so that he can put himself in the bets possible position to find a decent club.