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I never knew Arsenal would sign me – Arsenal DM reveals

 

Arsenal were heavily involved in the transfer market of the past summer and Wenger is expected to be unrelenting when the transfer window when it is re-opened in January.

Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from FC basel in the January of this year and the player has revealed that he never thought Arsenal would sign him.

The Egyptian international has settled well at the Emirates, providing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with another defensive midfield option.

But Elneny has admitted that Wenger initially wanted to sign his former Basel team-mate Fabian Schar but ended up buying him.

“I was very happy when I joined Arsenal but I asked one of my friends how the negotiations started and if they had scouted me before,” Elneny told DMC Sports.

“He told me that Arsenal officials were scouting Fabian Schar in the first place, and that’s when they noticed me.

“All of us at Basel knew that Schar was linked with Arsenal and at every season’s end, we congratulated him as the move was close to completion, according to Schar himself. But afterwards, things changed quickly.

“My agent told me that Arsenal officials came many times to watch Schar but they were impressed every time by my performances and development and they went on to sign me instead.”

Switzerland centre-back Schar, 24, eventually joined German club Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015.

Elneny, also 24, has made 13 appearances for Arsenal but was left on the bench for their disappointing 2-2 Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain last night.

 

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