Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has bolstered his depleted midfield with the signing of Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old arrives at the Emirates Stadium following three years in Switzerland, where he helped the RotBlau win three consecutive Super League titles.
Injuries to Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta had left Wenger short of options in the holding midfield role, with Elneny brought in to provide cover in that position.
The Egypt international becomes the first outfield player to join the Gunners this term, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the only addition to the squad during the 2015 off-season transfer window.
Wenger announced the deal had been completed after his side’s 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday and could hand Elneny his debut against Stoke on Sunday if the paperwork is completed in time.
“Elneny will of course join us. He has joined us,” the Frenchman revealed after the Anfield clash. “We’ll see if he can qualify for Sunday.”
A statement released on the club’s official website on Thursday read: “Arsenal have signed Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel. The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”