Elneny on his way back after AFCON final heartbreak

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Arsenal’s midfield issues should be boosted this week by the return of Mohamed Elneny from the African Cup of Nations.

However, the Egyptian is likely to be smarting from defeat in the final as Egypt went down 2-1 to Cameroon.

Elneny had given his nation the lead in the first half, scoring a fine goal 22 minutes in.

But second half goals from Nicolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboubakar turned things around for Cameroon who won their first AFCON since 2002.

Elneny played last night despite missing the semi due to what was described as a ‘bad calf injury‘, so it remains to be seen if he was fully recovered or just patched up to play in the final.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping it’s the former, as we prepare to play Hull at the weekend, and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League next Wednesday.

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