ARSENAL boss Unai Emery wants to raise funs but selling Mohamed Elneny in the January transfer window.
Emery strengthened Arsenal’s midfield options by recruiting Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer.
The Egyptian joined Arsenal in January 2016 from FC Basel, but has never nailed down a starting place.
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A moment of individual brilliance from the star gave Villarreal their first ever win over Real Madrid at Bernabeu in January.
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In September Formals opened the scoring against Athletic Bilbao with a dipping volley from 50 yards out.
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Emery’s first choice midfield partnership currently sees him pair Granit Xhaka with Torreria.
Emery’s defence, on the other hand, has conceded 15 times, which is 10 goals more than Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool FC.
It remains to be seen what role Formals would play but he’s would likely play further forward than the duo.
“Yesterday he came in with pain and he cannot train yesterday or play today,” Emery said regarding Ozil missing the win over Fulham.
While Rob Holding has impressed at centre-half over the past month or so, German defender Shkodran Mustafi continues to make sloppy mistakes in the Arsenal team.
“They are at a big level in the matches and every player wants to play. They’re preparing for that.”
Arsenal have reportedly targeted a January move for Spain international Pablo Fornals, who is set to replace Mohamed Elneny at The Emirates.
The Villarreal midfielder has a £17.8million release clause in his contract which the Gunners are prepared to match, according to a report in The Sun.
Fornals, who scored a goal of the season contender in September with a 40-yard volley against Athletic Bilbao, has been targeted by Arsenal boss Unai Emery – who believes that the 22-year-old can shine in the Premier League.
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The Spaniard is keen to bolster his squad when the transfer window reopens, with Aaron Ramsey seemingly on his way in the new year or next summer when his contract runs out.
There are also major doubts over the future of Gunners midfield flop Mohamed Elneny, who has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and is being tipped to leave for a fee of around £15m.
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Former Malaga star, Fornals, has been impressive this season, despite his club’s struggles at the wrong end of the La Liga table.
Fornals has won two senior caps for Spain and the report goes on state that his international chances would be greatly improved if he moved to north London.
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