Arsenal have completed their first outfield signing in 12 months – capturing Egypt international Mohamed Elneny for a reported £5m.
The Premier League leaders, who drew 3-3 at Liverpool on Wednesday night, have been linked with a move for the FC Basel midfielder throughout the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old, who has 40 international caps for his country, scored six goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Switzerland outfit this season.
Elneny, who could be available to face Stoke City on Sunday, is also eligible to play in the Gunners’ UEFA Champions League campaign.
Boss Arsene Wenger said: “He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday.”
Elneny’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium makes him the first outfield player to be bought by the Arsenal manager since the reported £11.2m acquisition of Brazil defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal almost a year ago.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the club’s only signing during the previous summer transfer window after arriving from Chelsea.