According to the Mirror, Arsenal are planning to offer midfielder Mohamed Elneny a new contract, having tried to sell the 25-year-old last summer.
Elneny has featured in all but one of Arsenal’s EFL Cup games and every Europa League outing thus far. He’s fared well when called upon by manager Arsene Wenger and looks set to get a new deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium past 2020.
Following the sale of Francis Coquelin coupled with the uncertain futures of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have rewarded a player with growing responsibilities with an extension. Elneny could be an important figure next season with how many players could leave this summer.
The Egyptian international, who joined from FC Basel in 2016, has made 26 appearances in all competitions this season, starting in four of Arsenal’s last seven Premier League games for his troubles. Wenger is clearly happy with his performances and the club see Elneny as an asset worth keeping.
That wasn’t always the prevailing opinion, however, with the midfielder nearly sold to Leicester City last summer when Arsenal accepted a £10m bid. Elneny was keen to stay, thus rejecting City’s offer, and he’s since worked his way back into the first-team.