A move away from Arsenal for Mohamed Elneny has collapsed due to his wage demands.
But, with the lack of choices in central midfield, selling the 29-year-old seems like an awful decision.
So, have the Gunners dodged a bullet?
According to talkSPORT, Besiktas were unable to agree on personal terms with the Egypt international. A move to Istanbul rivals Galatasaray broke down due to the same reasons.
The Turkish transfer window is due to shut tomorrow, however, it seems a move is now unlikely.
Elneny spent the 2019/2020 season on loan at the Vodafone Park, making 36 appearances across all competitions.
But, he was welcomed back into the fold by Mikel Arteta last season, starring away to Manchester United.
Elneny wages demands have saved Arsenal
It would seem the wage demands from Elneny has saved Arsenal from making a horrible decision.
One of the lessons learned from a horrible start to the new Premier League season is the lack of options in midfield.
Thomas Partey’s injury coupled with Granit Xhaka’s boneheaded decision against Manchester City leaves little option for Arteta.
Dependent on fitness, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Elneny may be the only central midfield options available this Saturday.
If Elneny were to leave then it would make the Belgian Arteta’s only choice.
Going through the season with just three central options would be suicide from Arteta. He already has injuries and bans to deal with, he does not need a lack of options.
In that regard, keeping Elneny rather than selling him would be the wiser option. But, if reports are true, it seems the Gunners have been saved rather than made the decision themselves.
A damning indictment of the club’s lack of common sense.