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Mohamed Elneny stays at Arsenal despite late interest from Galatasaray and Besiktas

Arsenal have reportedly made it clear to Süper Lig giants Galatasaray that midfielder Mohamed Elneny is part of their plans for the next season.

The Turkish club had formally approached the Premier League side, looking to sign Elneny this week, just before the Turkish transfer window closes on Wednesday.

The midfielder has been a Gunner for almost five years. He has a year remaining on his contract.

The 29-year-old is currently sidelined due to an injury he sustained during training with his national team amid the international break. He will miss Arsenal’s next home clash against Norwich City.

Elneny had his last venture in Turkey in the 2019/20 season when he was loaned to Besiktas. Had he signed for Galatasaray this week, the midfield would have rubbed shoulders with former Newcastle man DeAndre Yedlin, Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt, ex- Liverpool forward Ryan Babel, and former West Brom star Mbaye Diagne.

Elneny has been a regular starter for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, something he did not get to experience very often with previous boss Unai Emery.

The Egyptian featured in 41 games across all competitions last season when Arteta assumed the charge.

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