Featuring in just seven league games at the age of 26, perhaps it’s time for Mohamed Elneny to find a club where he will play regularly.
The Egypt international, who was signed from Basel in 2016, has never managed to fully convince at the Emirates, and the emergence of Matteo Guendouzi under Unai Emery this season really hasn’t helped him out.
Contracted to the club until 2022, this summer might be the ideal time for Arsenal to try and recoup some of their original £11m expenditure, especially since there’s a manager out there who likes what he has to offer.
According to L’Equipe journalist Emery Taisne, who covers Bordeaux for the French newspaper, Paulo Sousa, who was recently appointed at the helm of the Ligue 1 side, ‘appreciates’ the Egyptian and wouldn’t mind a reunion in the south of France.
Lorsqu’on l avait vu en mars, Paulo Sousa nous avait indiqué que recruter d’anciens joueurs lui ferait gagner du temps. Il apprécie le profil de Badelj mais pas que.. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) qu il a eu à Bâle lui plait bcp aussi #caveutpasdirequilviendra @lequipe @girondins
— Emery Taisne (@EmeryTaisne) May 8, 2019
It’s explained the Portuguese manager told journalists back in March that signing players he already knew would ‘save him some time’, as they wouldn’t need to adapt to his ideas, and Elneny falls in that category.
The pair know each other from Sousa’s time at Basel, where he managed during the 2014-15 season, where he won the Super League by a margin of 12 points before heading to Fiorentina.