Granit Xhaka has had a good start to his Arsenal career having scored two magnificent goals in just a handful of games and has become a favourite amongst the fans. Calls to give Xhaka a starting position on the team against Chelsea were left unanswered by Arsene Wenger last weekend, however now that Francis Coquelin seems to be ruled out for the time being, Xhaka will finally get the chance to kickstart hopefully a long career with the club.
Arsenal have finally confirmed on the official website Arsenal.com that the club has now completed the first, and hopefully not the only, transfer of the winter window. The news about the Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny has been known for some time but there was a hold up while we got confirmation of a work permit being granted.
All that is sorted and the 23-year old has put pen to paper on his Arsenal contract and he could now be set to make his debut as a Gunner in the Premier League away match at Stoke City on Sunday. Arsene Wenger has suggested that he might need a bit more training before he plays and even spoke about the need to get match fit.
According to the Arsenal transfer rumours the only thing holding up the signing of the Egyptian international from the Swiss club Basel was getting him a permit to play in the English Premier League. But with sports websites like Metro reporting that Mohamed Elneny will be in London today to complete the deal and put pen to paper, that permit must have been sorted.
Hopefully us Arsenal fans will get official confirmation of the successful transfer from the club tomorrow and I am sure that the player will want to get to work as soon as possible. And with Arsene Wenger facing a mini midfield injury crisis and with two games coming up I am sure that the boss would like his new player to be able to help.
Including today there are three days left before the January transfer window opens and Arsenal start to spend money like a man with no arms (yeah right) but if previous transfer windows are anything to go by then us Arsenal fans will still be nervously waiting and hoping for a signing or two in about a month.
However, the manager did at least make an early move in the summer, bringing the brilliant and record breaking keeper Petr Cech to the club from Chelsea. And according to a Metro report we are set to get another early signing when the January transfer window opens.
Arsenal fans everywhere are crossing their fingers and hoping for some good business to be done by Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal scouting and transfer team when the January transfer window opens in about five weeks time. It seems that the club has money and the Frenchman has already admitted that he is looking to sign a defender at the very least.
Most fans, pundits and former players think we need more than that, however, with a tough tackling, workaholic, combative midfielder the top of most of their lists. And according to the latest transfer rumours, the Gunners may already have these two positions sorted out with the transfer of the players in a very advanced state.
If this latest Arsenal transfer runour is true, it could be the answer to the Gunners’ current defensive troubles and could mean that Arsenal will be much stronger in the latter part of the season and perhaps be able to mount a proper Premier League title challenge.
But it will not help the Gunners in the Champions League, because Fabian Schar is already cup-tied after starring for his Swiss club Basel, who look set to beat Liverpool into the knockout phase. But even though his club are doing very well in Europe, Schar has indicated that he is ready to leave, according to a Metro report, and that has alerted Arsenal who are now preparing a £10 million bid for the defender in the January transfer window.