Report: Arsenal remain hopeful of completing move for Mohamed Elneny despite work permit issues

The 23-year-old has reportedly already agreed personal terms and undergone a medical.

Arsenal remain confident that they will be able to complete a deal to sign Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, despite the fact that the 23-year-old is struggling to get a work permit, according to The Sun.

The Sun claim that the Egyptian has already undergone a medical and has agreed personal terms with the Gunners. However, due to a change in the guidelines concerning the transfer of non-EU players, his country's world ranking being outside the top 50 means that Elneny has to go through an appeals panel before he can complete his £5m move.

While The Sun add that he may not do so well on their points-scoring system - largely due to the stature of the division he would be moving from - Arsenal are hopeful that his experience in the Champions League may just be enough to get his application approved.

If the Gunners were able to get a move across the line, it would significantly enhance their chances of remaining at the top of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

The emergence of Francis Coquelin last season proved to Arsene Wenger how important a defensively-minded holding midfielder can be to his side's fortunes. However, Arsenal cannot continue to rely solely on the Frenchman to protect their back four, as recent weeks have shown. 

An injury sustained against West Brom has seen Coquelin sidelined for several weeks, and while the majority of their results have been excellent, the humbling defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day surely highlights the need for adding players like Elneny. 

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