Midfielder Mohamed Elneny received a number of offers to leave Arsenal during the recent transfer window, his agent has confirmed.
The Egyptian international is out of contract at the Emirates in the summer, but, despite the fact that they stand to lose him for free in the summer, the Gunners decided to keep him for the rest of the season, with a shortage of numbers in the current squad in his position.
Newcastle United, Valencia, Lyon, and the Turkish duo of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe were all interested in signing him, but he will remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season.
He has just returned to North London after his exploits at the African Cup of Nations, where he was part of the Egypt team that reached the final, only to lose on penalties to Senegal.
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.