Arsenal maestro Mesut Ozil has said he wants to see Mohamed Elneny given another chance at the Emirates Stadium.
The Egypt international is currently out on loan at Besiktas, where he is now a regular in the side.
Having made 18 appearances for the club, Elneny has become a key player for the giants, who are fifth in the Turkish Super Lig and are chasing down league leaders Sivasspor.
Elneny was farmed out after he had failed to make much of an impact last season under Unai Emery.
He made just 17 (mainly substitute) appearancesin 2018/19, but Ozil hopes the 27-year-old can return to the Emirates and become a key man.
Speaking to beIN Sports, he said: “When he received the offer [from Besiktas], he came to me and asked about the life in Turkey.
“I told him the culture and the food are very similar with Egypt, so he won’t have any problems to adapt. I told him it will be great for him to play in Turkish Super Lig.
“I hope he will get another chance at Arsenal. He’s like my little brother. I really love him.”
It remains to be seen whether Elneny does return to Arsenal for the 2020/21 season, with Besiktas said to be keen to sign him permanently.
TBR’s view – Elneny has his work cut out
Surely Elneny has a lot of work to do if he is to feature for Arsenal next season.
It is not yet known how Arteta feels about the former Basel man, who cost around £5 million (BBC Sport), and maybe the Spaniard will be willing to give him a chance.
That said, since signing for the Gunners he has had lots of chances to prove himself, meaning he can’t have too many complaints if he is moved on.