Arsene Wenger will follow up the deal for Mohamed Elneny with a more established midfielder in the summer with Southampton’s Victor Wanyama the top target
Arsene Wenger completed the £5m signing of Mohamed Elneny – and that will spark a summer shake-up.
Gunners boss Wenger will follow up the deal for Elneny with a bigger more established midfielder in the summer with Southampton’s Victor Wanyama his No1 target.
They also want a top quality striker with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and even Watford’s Odion Ighalo on the radar.
But veteran trio Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are all likely to go when their deals run out this summer.
Flamini is on £80,000-a-week, Rosicky is likely to want more regular games and Arteta is set to be offered a coaching role at the club.
That means Wenger sees Elneny as a long term member of the squad rather than just a quick fix January signing after he joined from Swiss club Basel.
But Wenger, who is likely to put Elneny straight into the squad for Sunday’s trip to Stoke, admits the midfielder will have to adapt to “survive” in the Premier League.
Wenger said: “Where he needs to certainly adapt is to the challenges, the force needed in the Premier League to survive. That could demand a little bit of adaptation but overall he has all the ingredients to do well.
“I believe he will be a good addition to the squad for many reasons. The first is that he is not coming straight from Egypt to a big club. He has an intermediary stay in Europa so the adaptation problem is less of a question mark.
“Secondly, he’s 23 years old and he already has experience in the Champions League and Europe League.
“As well he is a player who is adaptable in midfield. He can be a box-to-box player but can be a holding player as well.