Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'
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Arsenal’s squad could be depleted even more over the coming days, if reports are to be believed – as Besiktas have made an offer for midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
The Turkish side have registered a permanent interest in the Egyptian midfielder after he spent a season on loan there in the 2019/20 campaign.
After excelling in the Turkish capital, it would spell a sparkling return for a player who is adored by the Kara Kartallar faithful.
Besiktas chiefs would need a deal for the Egyptian midfielder wrapped up by Thursday night – as that signals the deadline for UEFA squads to be submitted, according to ntvspor.
However, with Arsenal unable to sign anybody to replace him after the Premier League transfer window shut on Tuesday, it remains to be seen if a deal can be done for the midfielder.
The Vodafone Park outfit incredibly won the league by just one goal last season, edging city rivals Galatasaray to the title.
Both sides finished on 84 points; but with Besiktas’ goal difference being +45 and Galatasaray’s +44, it propelled them to the Champions League group stages, whereas Galatasaray had to fend through the qualifying stages.
And their involvement in Europe’s premier competition – alongside Arsenal not qualifying for European football for the first time in 25 years – means Elneny is likely to be open to a move.
Elneny joined Arsenal in January 2016 from Basel, for a fee of £7.4m under the reign of Arsene Wenger.
However, after the various incomings of other midfielders such as Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos to name but a few, Elneny has found it difficult to maintain a starting berth in north London.
Arsenal have suffered their worst start to a Premier League season ever under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have yet to score in the Premier League, conceding nine and losing all three of their games by at least a two-goal margin.
Granted, they have faced two of the strongest sides in the league in Manchester City and Chelsea – but it is the manner of the losses which have given fans reason to turn on Arteta.
The three-time winners of the Premier League have only recorded seven shots on target in their three games.
And having lost to newly-promoted Brentford, it will be a struggle to win the fans over should the Gunners continue their poor form.
They will aim to rectify their poor league position after the international break with a home fixture against fellow strugglers Norwich City.
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