He arrived at FC Basel shortly after a Chelsea reject

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Having played for the same Egyptian side – El Mokawloon – as Mohamed Salah, the pair moved onto bigger and better things in joining FC Basel in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

With Salah joining up at St Jakob Park first, Elneny soon followed for the 2012/13 campaign. With Chelsea flop Salah currently out on loan at Serie A giants Roma, one of his two goals scored for the Blues in the Premier League actually came against Arsenal in that infamous 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

In Elneny’s time spent at FC Basel to date, the Egyptian international has played at the highest level in the Champions League facing English sides before and with the Barcelona game to come for the Gunners, Elneny won’t be cup tied and is eligible to be registered due to only playing Europa League football with the Swiss side this term.

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