REVEALED: Why Arsenal Have Not Completed Elneny Deal

It's a good thing that we were able to kickstart our FA Cup campaign on a good note. Arsenal are on track for the title defence after today's 3-1 win over Sunderland at our home ground, the Emirates Stadium. We can do it again! Now to the main topic.

I assume you have all heard about Arsenal's recent activity in the transfer market, the one involving FC Basel's Mohamed Elneny. We were made to know that the Egyptian had already agreed a four and a half year deal and also passed a medical, but up till now, we have still not gotten a final confirmation on his signing. 'Why is this so?' is the question on the lips of many Arsenal supporters. There are some who are even still doubting the authenticity of that report.

I am here to clear your doubts. All what you have heard earlier are true but there is just a little problem which is the usual work permit stuff. Securing a permit for Elneny was supposed to be a straightforward thing but with Egypt ranking below 50 on the FIFA list, he couldn't meet the demands.

This does not however mean that the deal will not go through. The club management is trying its best to make the deal go through. An appeal has already been made and in the next few days, all should be done and dusted. Arsene Wenger confirmed this too.

In a chat with pressmen ahead of the Sunderland game, the Frenchman said: "It is complicated a little bit but we are working hard on it and hopefully in the next two or three days we will get to the end of it."

With the progress made so far, it would be fair to say that Arsenal have gotten their first signing of the January transfer window because the work permit obstacle would definitely be scaled. Expect to see Elneny in red and white very soon.

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