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Unai Emery must get rid of Mohamed Elneny, says former Arsenal forward

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Former Arsenal forward Paul Mariner believes is one of three player must get rid of during the summer transfer window.

Arsenal have finished the Premier League campaign in fifth place, and will face Chelsea in Baku next Wednesday in the Europa League final.

Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck are two players who have already been confirmed to leave the club in the summer, with the Welshman joining Juventus and Welbeck seeing out his contract.

However, Paul Mariner believes that at least three more players should join them in leaving the Gunners next summer, and his choices were Shkodran Mustafi, Stephan Lichtsteiner, and Mohamed Elneny.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Mariner said on Mustafi: “Not a fan. I don’t think he can actually do anything defensively.

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“He’s always on his backside, always. When he goes in for a challenge, you don’t want that as a central defender. Go.”

On Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner: “No, I think he’s been dreadful. Absolutely dreadful.”

And finally, when asked about his opinion on Egypt international Mohamed Elneny, Mariner said: “As a holding-midfield player? No.

“I don’t think he meets any of the criteria that is required to be a top holding-midfield player,” he added.

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Mohamed Elneny has joined Arsenal in January 2016 from FC Basel, making 89 appearances for the club across all competitions, while scoring twice and providing eight assists.

Despite signing a new contract last year, he has struggled for game time under Unai Emery, featuring just 17 times, including only eight in the Premier League.

He has been linked with moves to French side Girondins de Bordeaux, who are managed by his former coach at FC Basel Paulo Sousa, as well as Turkish giants Besiktas.

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