It is being reported this morning that Mohamed Elneny has suffered a significant injury, picked up during the 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.
🚨 Mohamed Elneny suffered significant injury vs Fulham. Arsenal awaiting full extent but 30yo expected to miss considerable spell. Partey also nursing (relatively minor) muscle issue so #AFC may look to recruit in midfield. With @gunnerblog @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/8b567oDygj
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 30, 2022
It appears as if the Egypt international will be sidelined for some time, and with Thomas Partey also nursing thigh strain it’s a worry for Mikel Arteta.
Partey’s absence on Saturday was described as precautionary, but he has had a history of thigh problems since his arrival from Atletico Madrid, and that would demand real caution to ensure the problem is not exacerbated.
Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga, yet to make an appearance this season, are now the two established options for that deeper lying midfield role, but with a hectic schedule of Premier League and Europa League football to come, surely greater depth and quality is required in a key area of the pitch.
The transfer window remains open until Thursday night at 11pm, and it now remains to be seen whether this will change any potential business the club might do. The manager has expressed his desire to add more firepower, but they may be forced to change tack and seek a central midfielder.