For the first time in a long while, Arsene Wenger has a plethora of options to select from in midfield and he has been able to cope without one or two players.
According to reports,
Mohamed Elneny has been called up to the Egypt squad for this winter’s African Cup of Nations competition, meaning Arsenal could miss him for at least four games.
The 24-year-old has not always been a starter for the Gunners this season, but is a player the club won’t want to be without as they face a mini selection crisis in the middle of the park.
Santi Cazorla is already out for around three months with an Achilles injury, and Elneny’s absence would leave Arsenal with just Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey to choose from in central midfield.
Elneny already has 40 caps for his national side and his country are seen as potential dark horses for this year’s trophy.
Depending on how far the Pharaohs progress, the former Basel man will be out of contention for at least four of Arsenal’s games from early January onwards.