Mohamed Elneny did not enjoy the greatest of starts to life away from Arsenal. On his Besiktas debut, Elneny received a straight red card – reducing his new club to just nine men.
Domagoj Vida had already been sent off and Besiktas were losing 2-0. But Elneny reacted angrily to Olarenwaju Kayode’s stray elbow and kicked the Gazisehir player. Both players were shown red cards for the incident and the game ended 3-2 to Gazisehir.
Elneny was making his Besiktas debut after leaving Arsenal at the end of August in a loan deal. The Turkish club have an option to buy Elneny but he faces a battle to turn his career around already.
The Egypt midfielder had fallen right down the pecking order at Arsenal and was free to leave. Unai Emery only used Elneny eight times in the Premier League last season and is looking at other options.
Elneny is unlikely to ever play for Arsenal again. But any residual hopes of saving his Gunners career are quickly dwindling after his nightmarish Besiktas debut. It showed an ill-tempered side to his game which Arsenal cannot afford.
Emery prefers other options to the 27-year-old. Given the rise of Joe Willock, elneny had to leave to save his career. Now, he now needs to turn things around at Besiktas.