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Mikel Arteta is targeting midfield cover at Arsenal amid “concerns” over the Mohamed Elneny injury

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club “need some more cover in midfield” amid concerns over an injury sustained by Mohamed Elneny.

Elneny, 30, last featured for Arsenal in the FA Cup third round win over Oxford United on January 9.

The Egypt international played 90 minutes in that match but was then not in the squad for the Premier League wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

“Well, we need some more cover in midfield, ideally if we can,” Arteta said on Wednesday. “In this market it is quite complicated to do that.

“The most important thing is that we get the performances and the time on the pitch we need with the players we have available today who are already really good.”

Asked if Elneny would be fit to face Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, Arteta replied: “I don’t think he will be. He had some problems with his knee which we are assessing at the moment and we will have to see how he develops over the next few days.”

“There are concerns (about the severity of the injury), especially (because) Mo is a player who never complains about anything. But let’s see.”

With a week left in the January transfer window, Arsenal have signed versatile forward Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion and left-sided defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia.

With Elneny likely to be out of contention against City, Arteta has Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga as available midfielders, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also an option.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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