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The summer transfer period is often known as ‘silly season’ because of just how many spurious, often fictional, stories do the rounds.
In our six years of doing Arseblog News, it’s been our experience that some of the silliest stuff comes from the Turkish press. As such, we usually take their stories with a larger pinch of salt than we do others.
Bearing that in mind, we’re not quite sure what to make of stories linking Mohamed Elneny with a move to Galatasary. Reports from Turkey say their sporting director, Cenk Ergun, arrived in London on Sunday to begin negotiations with Arsenal and, presumably, the player should Arsenal be willing to sell.
That’s pretty specific, but Elneny, despite being marginalised last season, has played a key part in pre-season thus far – albeit out of position at centre-half – and it’s not an area in which we’re blessed with a lot of depth.
Santi Cazorla remains sidelined indefinitely with an Achilles problem, Jack Wilshere is apparently being allowed to leave (also linked today with Turkish side Antalyaspor), so if Elneny goes we’d have just Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhakq and Francis Coquelin as senior central midfield players.
As such, we’re going for a runny seven on this one for now, but we’ll keep an eye on how thing might progress during the week.