Wenger hopes to complete Elneny signing shortly

The Basel midfielder has long been reported to be in negotiations with the Gunners and the Frenchman says that the transfer will be completed in the coming days

Arsene Wenger is hopeful Arsenal will complete the signing of Mohamed Elneny from Basel in the coming days.

The Egypt international has long been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and Basel confirmed earlier this week that he is set for a January move.

Work permit issues are believed to be holding up the deal for now, but Wenger believes the transfer will be completed sooner rather than later.

“It’s a little bit complicated, but we work hard on it,” the Arsenal manager said at a news conference. “I hope in the next two or three days we get to the end of it.”

Arsenal has also been linked with a move for Troy Deeney as the club looks to add some more depth to the attack, but Wenger was quick to stress that the Gunners are not interested in signing the Watford striker, while also dismissing suggestions Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could leave the club for Chelsea.

“Are we interested in Deeney? No, we are not. That is rubbish,” he added. “Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea? Also rubbish.”

Wenger also had his say on the situation of promising youngster Serge Gnabry, who has been struggling to secure regular first-team action on loan at West Brom and could return to Arsenal early.

“He’s on loan at West Brom. It’s a year-long loan. We have a commitment,” the Frenchman concluded.

“The player wanted to go there. If they want to cancel the loan they have to contact us and speak to us.”