That Mohamed Elneny is still an Arsenal player probably comes as a surprise to many.
That the Egyptian international was so good in the Community Shield against Liverpool, arguably even more so.
It remains to be seen whether Mikel Arteta wants to keep the 27-year-old for the season but one place he definitely won’t be going is Besiktas, the club who had him on loan last season.
Such were the Turkish giant’s financial struggles at points last season, it was reported that our man had to fight to get his wages paid at times. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was Arsenal’s asking price that ended up scuppering a permanent move even though Elneny became a lynchpin of the side.
“Elneny was the player we wished that he wouldn’t go, but his cost was too high,” manager Sergen Yalcin explained this week.
“He played in the starting line-up in the Arsenal vs Liverpool match. He has a high cost but is a quality football player. For us Besiktas, we have to adjust our budget and balance the budget given by TFF [the Turkish Football Federation].”
There haven’t been too many clubs linked with Elneny since he was playing in Istanbul. He signed a new contract at the Emirates in March 2018 and is under the contract until the summer of 2022.