Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is considering handing new signing Mohamed Elneny his Arsenal debut in this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Burnley.
The 23-year-old arrived from Swiss side Basel earlier this month, and despite being named as a substitute for the league games with Stoke City and Chelsea, he has yet to make an appearance for the club.
As reported by the Mirror, Wenger told the media that he could select the midfielder from the start against Sean Dyce’s side .
It is a possibility [that Elneny will start]. I will look at him tomorrow.
Wenger also gave a brief summary of what type of player the Egyptian is.
He is naturally a box to box player who is a bit more defensive minded than your usual box to box midfielder so he can play in several positions in front of the defensive or go box to box. He has good technique, good vision, very mobile and agile.
With David Ospina set to start in goal, and Tomas Rosicky set to feature in midfield, it is clear that Wenger will use his squad for the tie, which makes the possibility of Elneny getting some game time all the more likely.
However, with the fit again Francis Coquelin likely to see the field at some point too, it seems as though Elneny will not play the full 90 minutes as it’s unlikely that Wenger will deploy two defensive minded midfielders against a Championship side.