Arsenal: 3 transfers to be completed before signings

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Arsenal, Mohamed Elneny
Chelsea’s US midfielder Christian Pulisic (L) vies zith Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny (R) passes the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Chelsea. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) /

2. Mohamed Elneny

Yet another midfielder makes the list for outgoing transfers that should be completed. Mohamed Elneny has been a loyal servant to the club and while perhaps lacking in quality, he is a positive presence around the team and always willing to contribute in any way he can.

His professional attitude and his energetic engine – plus the occasional screamer from the edge of the box – have endeared him to fans and coaches alike. It is high time, however, for Arteta to show the ruthlessness he has spoken of previously.

Like Xhaka, Elneny is simply not at the standard required to elevate this team. His passing is not progressive and he can’t contribute any significant amount of goals. More importantly, he is one of the few dispensable players at the club. With Joe Willock and now Albert Sambi Lokonga chomping at the bit and youngsters like Miguel Azeez and Charlie Patino waiting in the wings, Elneny’s sale makes sense.

While not exorbitant, a solid chunk of change could be brought in to put towards a backup goalkeeper or a right-back, while leaving a clear path for the next generation of midfielders at the club.

While it may be harsh given the Egyptian’s better-than-expected season, tough decisions need to be made.