As feared, Arsenal have confirmed that Mohamed Elneny has suffered a significant knee injury and has subsequently undergone surgery.
It’s believed the Egypt international picked up the issue in training between the 3-0 win over Oxford United and the north London derby.
The club haven’t put a timeline on his return but have warned he’ll be out for an ‘extended period’. Given we’re heading into February, we can assume he’ll miss a big chunk of the second half of the season, if not the whole thing.
It’s a terrible shame for Mo who deservedly earned a contract extension in the summer and is a much-loved member of the squad.
The Gunners have been aware of the significance of Elneny’s injury for some time but didn’t want to go public before a replacement had been sourced. We initially targeted Brighton’s Moises Caicedo but after two bids were rejected, turned attention to Chelsea’s Jorginho.
The Italy international, 31, is at London Colney undertaking his medical this afternoon and will put pen to paper on an 18-month deal. He should be available for the trip to Everton on Saturday.