The Athletic reports that Arsenal will look to tie down Mohamed Elneny to a new contract when his current deal ends in the summer.
Viewed as a perfect squad player by Mikel Arteta, who restored the Egypt international to the Arsenal squad last season following a year-long loan with Besiktas, he has proved his worth in recent weeks with a series of impressive midfield performances deputising for the injured Thomas Partey.
Looking ahead to a campaign with European football, Arteta wants Elneny to continue providing support to his younger stars.
For his part, the midfielder has already indicated that he won’t hesitate to put pen to paper if the club wants him to stay.
Arteta and Elneny shared a dressing room for six months during Arsene Wenger’s tenure. Understated and hard-working, the two immediately struck a chord.
Wenger once said of Elneny: “He’s a big advertisement for Egypt because he’s humble, he’s willing to do well, he has a helpful attitude, he’s a fantastic boy and a great asset for us.”
Arteta echoed those sentiments two weeks ago saying: “I have always said that for me he’s one of the most important players in the squad.
“For what he does when you give him the chance to play and for the things that he does when he doesn’t play.
“He’s a phenomenal person and a great footballer that sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”
Once the season is over, Elneny will have to think long and hard about how he sees the next phase of his career playing out. There’s lot to be said for playing the ‘James Milner’ role but he may also feel he has more to give.
Given his form and the fact he’ll be able to leave on a free, no doubt he’ll have lots of offers to choose from.