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Elneny close to Arsenal exit

Arsenal outcast Mohamed Elneny looks set to join Besiktas on a season-long loan deal.

The Egyptian international has been deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery this season, with the midfielder expected to arrive in Istanbul on Friday to finalise a move to the Turkish Super Lig.

Earlier this month Arsenal boss Emery urged Elneny and defender Shkodran Mustafi to leave the club after informing the duo that they did not feature in his plans.

Elneny made just eight Premier League appearances for the club last season and will now move to Besiktas in search of first-team football, with Sky Sports reporting the Turkish side will cover the entirety of the 27-year-old’s wages.

Having joined Arsenal in a £7m deal from Swiss side Basel in January 2016, Elneny has made 89 appearances during his three-and-a-half year spell at the Emirates, scoring two goals.

The midfielder will join Besiktas, who finished third in the Turkish top flight last season, as a replacement for former Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel who joined Italian side Bologna earlier this week.

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