Hopes that both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac could yet leave Arsenal this summer have been dashed after both suffered injuries.
The pair had been linked with clubs in Turkey, where the transfer window is still open, Elneny with Beșiktaş, where he had previously spent a loan spell, and Kolasinac with Fenerbahçe.
Elneny missed Egypt’s World Cup qualifier with Angola due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Premier League on those countries on the UK’s red-list.
Instead, forced to stay in London, he took part in the Gunners behind closed doors friendly with Brentford, but lasted only 33 minutes before he had to hobble off the pitch.
Meanwhile, Kolasinac was injured on international duty playing for Bosnia against France. He was the recipient of a bad tackle by Jules Koundé, who was heavily linked with Chelsea throughout the transfer window, and will now be out of action for several weeks. The tackle earned Koundé a red card.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.