- 1 February
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Arsenal eye £50m midfielder after Elneny injury blow
Mikel Arteta has admitted that concerns over Mohamed Elneny’s knee injury could see Arsenal bring in a midfielder before the window shuts amid reports linking them with moves with Everton’s Amadou Onana and Juventus’s Weston McKennie.
Elneny picked up a knock in training before Arsenal’s win over Tottenham earlier this month and the Egyptian is facing a lengthy lay-off.
The Guardian report that, consequently, Arsenal will look to the market again, this time to bring in cover, and that their targets include Onana and McKennie.
The Gunners have already brought in Jakub Kiwior from Spezia and Leandro Trossard from Brighton this window but there are worries about the lack of cover to supplement Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.
Arsenal are expected to move for West Ham’s Declan Rice in the summer but they will bring in another midfielder before then.
Mikel Arteta on injuries
In a press conference, Arteta said: “We need some more cover in midfield ideally if we can. In this market, it’s pretty complicated to do that. The most important thing is that we get the performances and the time on the pitch that we need with the players we have available today that are already really good.”
The Spaniard also touched on the availability of Elneny.“He had some issues with his knee that we are assessing at the moment and we will have to see how he evolves in the next couple of days,” he said. “There are concerns, especially because Mo is a player who never complains about anything. But let’s see.”
The former Everton player also gave an update on the condition of Gabriel Jesus. “With him, I don’t know,” Arteta said. “He wants to be here next week but it’s unrealistic. He’s pushing and driving everyone to the limit. I can’t give you an answer. Hopefully, it will be weeks and not months, but it was a serious injury and we need to respect that process as well.”