Arsenal are allegedly set to open discussions with Mohamed Elneny regarding a shock new deal.
He will become a free agent next summer along with strikers Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette with all three likely to depart for free.
Boss Mikel Arteta pledged his future to the Gunnners last week by penning a fresh long-term contract.
Now The Athletic states that the 29-year-old has been in talks to extend his deal – with the club “hopeful an agreement can be found” for him.
The midfielder struggled for minutes under previous leader Unai Emery, which led to a loan to Besiktas three years ago, and Mohamed initially struggled under Mikel as well.
However, the player has now emerged as an important member of the UEFA Champions League-chasing side after Elneny was given an opportunity.
This latest report says that conversations between the board and the star are only at an “initial stage” but the management are “determined to keep” him.
It’s been added that the Egyptian is a “popular member” of the Spaniard’s squad and that his character and experience are valued highly by Mikel.
Elneny arrived in north London from FC Basel back in 2016. During his time at Arsenal, he has helped them to two Community Shields and FA Cup success.