Arsenal are linked with a move for AC Milan star Franck Kessie, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Manchester United are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old, who has rejected a new deal at Milan. And arguably it is the Red Devils who need Kessie the most.
Arsenal’s midfield resources looked short at the start of this season.
Thomas Partey was off the back of a debut campaign where he struggled with injury.
Speculation was rife over the future of Granit Xhaka in the summer, with a move to Roma falling through.
Youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga was brought to the club from Anderlecht, initially to be a back-up option.
Elneny’s contract is also up at the end of the season, so another midfield body may be needed for squad depth.
But Arteta needs to put faith in the players he already has at his disposal.
They have not let him down in recent weeks and have proven themselves ready to be regulars in the Gunners first team.
That should make the path clearer for United to secure the signing of Kessie on a free transfer next summer.