Arsenal have just completed the signing of their new midfield star, Mohamed Elneny, and might just end up seeing him out of action for a year due to the Egyptian military service rule. By law, every citizen has to serve for the nation’s military for a year until he is 30. This development will definitely be a headache for Arsenal as he might be called upon by the national military and they might be helpless in their plight.
The midfielder has just joined the Gunners from FC Basel for a fee of just over 7 million. He was supposed to be the answer for the injury crisis unfolding at Arsenal over the past few months as they have seen Sanchez, Wilshere, Arteta, Coquelin and Cazorla sit out for a stretch with the plague of long term injuries affecting their squad.
The player has been assigned the jersey number 35 but it remains to be seen if he is able to don the shirt on the pitch for the Gunners as he would require a special permit from the Egyptian military for exclusion from the mandatory rule under the reasons of sports or education.
He can gain some respite from the fact that his compatriot, Mohammed Salah, had received the aforementioned permit during his ill-fated time at Chelsea as he too faced an uncertain future with the sword of duty hanging over his footballing career.
It might be possible for Arsenal to persuade the authorities to observe leniency in this case too as he might be some desperately needed cover for Coquelin who is ruled out with a long term injury.