Mohamed Elneny interest reignited as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sends William Saliba update

Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Saturday, October 30.

Elneny tops Galatasaray wish list

Galatasaray manager Faith Terim is keen to sign a midfielder in the January transfer window and Arsenal wantaway Mohamed Elneny is at the top of the Turkish club’s wish list, according to Sporx.

Elneny’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium is set to expire at the end of the campaign and the aforementioned report claims that there is a ‘high possibility’ for the Egyptian’s transfer to take place in the winter window.

The 29-year-old has struggled for game time so far this season, playing just 45 minutes in the Premier League.

White replacement

Mikel Arteta may have already revealed that Takehiro Tomiyasu will replace Ben White if the English centre-half misses out the trip to face Leicester City on Saturday through illness.

“We followed him (Tomiyasu) for a while”, Arteta said back in September.

“We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre-back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity.”

The 22-year-old has often been deployed as a centre-back for Japan and was utilised in the centre of defence 17 times for Bologna last term, meaning Arteta could opt to field him alongside Gabriel at the King Power Stadium.

Read more here.

Saliba update

Arteta has admitted that the Gunners are keeping a close eye on William Saliba’s development at Marseille, with the club’s loan manager Ben Knapper and technical director Edu both monitoring the Frenchman’s progress.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Leicester City, the Spaniard said: “As a club we are always in touch.

“Edu and Ben were there to watch him and keep a close eye on the progress he’s making.”

The former Manchester City assistant coach also claimed that there is room at the club for Saliba despite the impressive performances of White and Gabriel in the centre of defence.

“I think there is room”, Arteta said. “It will depend on what happens with other players and that’s not a conversation to have now.”

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