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27-year-old's potential move to France could open the door for more youngsters

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According to a report from Foot Mercato, Ligue 1 side Bordeaux are keen to sign Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian has been out of favour since the arrival of Unai Emery last season and the chances of him reclaiming a starting spot in unlikely at this point.

Elneny joined us back in January 2016 and has since played 89 times in all competitions. The emergence of the likes of Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi in the centre of the park along with regular starters like Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira gives Elneny little chance to make his mark and a move away suits all parties involved.

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The Egyptian’s best chance of game time this season would have been in the Europa League or the domestic cups. His potential departure could open up the door for someone younger to make their mark in the first team. Impressive young midfielder Robbie Burton springs to mind immediately.

The 19-year-old, introduced by Freddie Ljungberg to Unai Emery in this summer’s pre-season tour, impressed everybody from central midfield. His movement looked impressive for his age and his composure in possession is what stood out from the rest.

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If Elneny does leave before the end of the French transfer window, Emery should seriously consider promoting Burton. Ljungberg’s influence will certainly bring the best out of him and rubbing shoulders with the big boys in the dressing room will help him reach the top-level very soon.

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