In absence of Coquelin, Arsenal have struggled to keep a clean sheet. After the recent slump against Southampton, Wenger has made his mind to sign a defensive midfielder and El Nenny is the name that’s coming up.
Reports come out that Arsenal have agreed a £5 million deal with Basel and are now holding contract talks with the Egyptian midfielder.
The 23 year old midfielder was enjoying holiday in his home country and he will be completing his medical on Tuesday, 29th December in Paris. The final contract will be signed in Switzerland the next day, according to Kingfut.
It is also possible that Mohamed El Nenny will be the only January transfer that Wenger will pull off. One thing is sure that Wenger now feels the necessity to invest in his side’s midfield.
Basel midfielder Mohamed El Nenny averaged 92 passes per game in this season’s Europa League, second best to 105 passes per game achieve by Napoli’s Mirko Valdifori.
Francis Coquelin averages 46 passes in Premier League and El Nenny averages twice more than that in Europa League. The Egyptian midfielder also records an impressive 92% pass accuracy.
But, the worrying sign is that El Nenny does not get into tackles as often as Coquelin does. Compared to Coquelin’s 3.2 tackles per game in Premier League, El Nenny managed 2.4 tackles per game in Europa League. His interceptions rate is also less than that of Coquelin. On a per game average, the FC Basel midfielder made .7 successful interceptions less than his French counterpart.
The deal looks more valid as former Arsenal keeper Rami Shabaan, who is an Egyptian origin Swede shot-stopper, tweeted about his excitement to see El Nenny at his former club. When translated, the tweet reads as: ”
Everyone talking about at El - Nenny , the Egyptian, who plays in everyday life in Basel will undergo his medical at Arsenal on Tuesday. Exciting :-)
Snackas om at El-Nenny, egyptiern som spelar i vardags i Basel ska genomgå sin läkarundersökning hos Arsenal på tisdag. Spännande :-)
— Rami Shaaban (@shaabanrami) December 27, 2015