Mikel Arteta poised to welcome forgotten man back to Arsenal training this week

Mikel Arteta is set to link up with Mohamed Elneny for the first time as the Egypt midfielder returns to Arsenal for pre-season training.

Elneny joined Besiktas on a season-long loan twelve months ago, when Arteta's predecessor Unai Emery was still Gunners boss.

The 28-year-old performed well for the Turkish giants, making 36 appearances across all competitions and contributing one goal and four assists.

But with loan spell over, Elneny will return to the Arsenal squad and begin preparations for the coming campaign this weekend.

That's according to the Evening Standard , who add Elneny is a transfer target for a number of Super Lig sides after his impressive displays last season.

Besiktas are interested, reports Turkish Football, while Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor are also monitoring the situation.

Elneny joined Arsenal from Basel for a fee rising to £11.75million in January 2016 and has two years remaining on his deal at the Emirates.

He helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup in his first full season in north London and has made 89 appearances for the club.

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But it appears unlikely Elneny will build on his positive loan spell in Turkey with a prominent role under Arteta this season.

He was handed the No4 jersey ahead of the 2018/19 campaign but that was recently reassigned to William Saliba, who is arriving at Arsenal after his £30million signing last summer and subsequent loan back to Saint-Etienne.

Elneny left the door open to a permanent move to Besiktas earlier this year, telling beIN Sports : “Of course I am happy because I feel like I am part of the Besiktas family.

“Always, always, know I am glad to be here and I don’t know about the future. Of course I don’t know about the future, but if Besiktas want me they can pay my current team and I can stay.

“Of course I am happy to be here and I always fight to help my team-mates, to help with the club, to improve and to be like I wish.

“Every time I wish we win every game. That’s what we expect because we are a big club and we have big players and we have a good team.”

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