Mohamed Elneny has played only 59 minutes for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, while he has seven more starts to his name in other competitions, which includes five in the Europa League.

Since Unai Emery has taken charge at the Emirates, the Egypt international has seen his playing time limited.

However, that hasn’t stopped him attracting interest from elsewhere, if claims from Italy are to be believed.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, AS Roma director of football Monchi wants to strengthen his midfield in the winter market and has identified the Gunners player as a target.

It’s explained the former Basel man is among the ‘hottest names’ and Monchi’s idea is to take Elneny on a loan deal with an option to purchase at the end of the season.

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The African midfielder’s contract at the north London club runs down in 2022 and it’s not clear whether Arsenal would endorse the idea of allowing Elneny leave on loan in January.