Arsenal have confirmed the exit of midfield outcast Mohamed Elneny, on loan to Besiktas for the rest of the season. The Egyptian international has been well down the pecking order under Unai Emery and has been further usurped this season by youngster Joe Willock. Elneny, who joined Arsenal in 2016 from Swiss side Basel, flew to Istanbul on Friday for talks over a switch to Turkey. And he has subsequently completed a loan move, which it’s understood can be made permanent for a fee in the region of £16 million.
Elneny joined the Gunners under Arsene Wenger, and has made 89 appearances for the north London club. However, the 27-year-old never made himself a fixture in the first-team, with 14 the most number of Premier League appearances he managed in his three full seasons at the club. Last term he made just 17 outings in all competitions, and hadn’t featured in the opening month of the current campaign. Elneny is the second player to leave Arsenal on Saturday, following Nacho Monreal. The Spain international, 33, completed a move to Real Sociedad earlier in the day.