Arsenal have bolstered their injury-hit midfield with the signing of Mohamed Elneny from Swiss side FC Basel.
The 23-year-old Egypt international won three consecutive Super League titles with Basel and has moved to the Emirates Stadium for a reported £5million
Elneny is expected to offer some much-needed cover in midfield, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin still recovering from injury.
Arsenal added the deal was “subject to the completion of regulatory processes”, but hope Elneny could feature in the squad at Stoke on Sunday.
The former El Mokawloon man also has Champions League experience, having being part of the Basel side which beat Chelsea in 2013, and is eligible to appear for the Gunners in the rest of this season’s competition.
Elneny has already made 28 appearances this season, scoring six goals, and will compete with Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers for a spot in central midfield.
On Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger also indicated he is likely to use England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain centrally, despite the 22-year-old being more accustomed to playing out wide.