Arsene Wenger mulls over handing Mohamed Elneny his Arsenal debut this weekend

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Mohamed Elneny could feature for Arsenal this weekend.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that new signing Mohamed Elneny could make his debut for the club this weekend as the Frenchman mulls over his squad availability, the Daily Mail reports.

As published in the report, Elneny joined the Gunners from FC Basle in a £5 million deal – strengthening the club’s midfield area amid a number of long-term injuries.

There has been talk of work permits and potential national service hindering the move, but all has been finalised now and Elneny is available for selection to play Stoke City this weekend.

“I expect him to develop into a very strong player because he has both sides of the game, he can defend and he can attack and that's the way we want to play in midfield, Wenger told the Daily Mail.

“He is available for selection, I haven’t decided yet. I have to see how everyone has recovered. Apparently we have no injuries from the Liverpool game, so he is a possibility to be in the squad for Sunday.”

With regular midfield duo Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin absent through injury, Elneny’s arrival is a welcome boost for the club and he will provide much-needed options in the middle.

The 23-year-old is capable of sitting and playing the role of a holding midfielder, a position in Arsenal’s team which still raises many questions from observers and pundits alike.

Arsene Wenger’s side face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, a tricky venue which has already seen Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United suffer defeat there.

The Gunners currently top the Premier League table on goal difference ahead of Leicester City, while Stoke’s recent good form has seen the Potters move to within four points of the top four.

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