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Mohamed Elneny set to return to Arsenal after successful loan spell at Besiktas

Arsenal will have Mohamed Elneny back within their ranks this week, with the midfielder having completed his loan spell at Besiktas.

The midfielder spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at the Turkish giants and impressed in a holding midfield role.

Appearing in 34 games across all competitions he also chipped in with a goal and four assists.

According to the Evening Standard the 28-year-old will begin pre-season with the Gunners, however his fine season in Turkey has led to plenty of interest in clubs wishing to bring him back to the country for another season.

Besiktas are thought to be one of those, with fellow heavyweights Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor also keen according to Turkish Football.

Despite his impressive spell in Turkey, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is unlikely to see the midfielder as part of his long term plans at the Emirates Stadium.

Elneny still has two years to run on his contract and the Gunners would be willing to allow him to go out on loan again.

The Egyptian joined Arsenal in 2016, helping them win the FA Cup 18 months later.

He has always struggled to nail down a first-team spot at the club though having made 89 appearances since his arrival.

Arteta has been looking to bolster his midfield this summer and has been keeping tabs on Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona, who are open to selling the Croatian.  

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