Wenger provides Arsenal transfer update on Elneny, Debuchy, Gnabry and others
PUBLISHED: 11:38 08 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 08 January 2016
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he expects to complete the signing of Mohamed Elneny from Basel "in the next two or three days".
The Gunners have agreed a fee in the region of £7.3m with the Swiss club as well as personal terms with the Egyptian midfielder, but work permit issues are reportedly holding up the deal.
Arsenal are currently lacking bodies in the centre of midfield with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere injured and Mikel Arteta on his way back to full fitness.
Wenger has been keen to sign a holding player and he has now confirmed that Elneny is an imminent arrival.
“It’s a little bit complicated but we work hard on it and I hope in the next two or three days we will get to the end of it,” Wenger said.
“I don’t rule out signing anybody else but he will at least be one of the signings coming into an area where we are short.”
On his way out of the Emirates Stadium could be Mathieu Debuchy. The right back has fallen out of favour and has been linked with a loan move away, with Aston Villa’s Remi Garde confirming interest.
Wenger says the Frenchman could leave but he denied talks are taking place with other clubs.
“Debuchy has an opportunity to go but we have not been in touch with any club,” he said.
German winger Serge Gnabry has been in the news with reports suggesting his loan deal with West Brom would be cancelled due to a lack of playing time, but Wenger cleared up the situation.
“With Gnabry, he is on a year-long loan with West Brom,” he said. “We have a commitment, the player wanted to go there and if they want to cancel the loan they have to contact us and speak about it.”
Finally, Wenger denied reports that Arsenal are interested in Troy Deeney and that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be joining Chelsea.