Whilst the majority of us have been glued to our screens waiting on some confirmed departures, Mohamed Elneny has responded to recent rumours of a summer exit.
Having played as an understudy to Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey during the majority of last season, several reports have suggested Elneny has had enough.
However, after playing the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s Community Shield triumph, the 25-year-old confirmed that he will be staying to fight for his place in midfield.
During a post-match interview with beIn Sport, the Egyptian spoke of his desire to stay and be ready to step in whenever he’s needed during one of Arsenal’s most important season’s in recent history.
I am staying at Arsenal this season. I am 100% focused and will give my best to the club day after day.
There has been a lot of criticism recently and I wanted to prove that I deserve to play for a big team like Arsenal. That was my best game for Arsenal (vs. Chelsea).
Winning the Community Shield gives us momentum ahead of the new season. We players talked about the importance of this game.
It’s a breath of fresh air to have these sorts of rumours stamped out before the season gets underway, and Elneny can now focus on stepping in for a likely injured Aaron Ramsey.
The Welshman sat out of the victory at Wembley and could miss the season opener against Leicester City as a precaution, with Francis Coquelin also injured at the moment.