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Mohamed Elneny to Arsenal held up by work permit issues

Arsene Wenger expects a deal for Mohamed Elneny to be completed soon.

Elneny’s transfer to Arsenal is still being held up by work permit and visa issues, but manager Wenger remains confident the deal will be finalised this week.

Arsenal agreed a deal with Swiss club Basel for Egypt midfielder Elneny even before the January transfer window opened, but the club are still waiting for all the paperwork to be sorted out.

The holding midfielder is expected to provide cover for Francis Coquelin, who is sidelined with a long-term knee injury.

Club officials are confident that Elneny qualifies for a work permit and visa and that he is expected to be Arsenal’s only signing in this transfer window unless an exceptional opportunity arises, with defender Mathieu Debuchy’s possible departure the only other likely transfer for the club.

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