Well, Wikipedia says El-Nennyâ€™s an Arsenal player, and as we all know, thatâ€™s as good as an announcement as it being on dotcom. *Ahem*.
But it does at least look as if, this time, Wengerâ€™s pronouncements about looking for bodies â€˜if we can find the right person etc etcâ€™ are based on truth. if this story is correct then weâ€™re in for a midfielder and weâ€™re in for him early in the transfer window. Even if itâ€™s not El-Nenny, I would be staggered if we came out of January with no reinforcements.
Of course most of us havenâ€™t heard of El-Nenny – so what. We used to glow with pride when Wenger unearthed someone from nowhere for peanuts, then flog him two years later for the price of a multi-pitch training centre.
This profile on kingfut.com gives you a bit more of an inkling about him. Strong, with a good engine and a decent injury record. 100 league experiences in Switzerland and 40 caps for Egypt. At 23 he fits the bill, and I suspect that heâ€™ll be squad cover at this stage.
This January comes at a timely juncture with various injury news leaking out and none of it positive. Wilshereâ€™s return has been put back again, Welbeck is no nearer. Cazorla – Iâ€™d be surprised if we see him much again this season. Coquelin for me is the big miss, and heâ€™s still a way off.
I know other teams are decimated by injury, and often as many as us, but do they all have players out long-term like we do? It feels, from within my Arsenal blinkers, that when our players get injured they donâ€™t do it in half measures. Walcott was out a year, Wilshere too, Welbeckâ€™s disappeared, Rosicky disappeared, Cazorla got hit with one of the worst injuries you can get. With every passing week these long-term absences hurt us more.
So any bodies we can get in will help us, quite frankly, because for several key squad players, this season is basically a write-off.
Onwards today to Bournemouth – back in the saddle despite the cheeks being sore – and Iâ€™d be surprised to see the same starting XI as weâ€™ve seen four times in a row. Poor old Mertesacker had a horrible evening on Saturday and maybe weâ€™ll see Gabriel in for him. Ox might get a run-out too, despite his own mysterious form. Chambers for Flamini? I canâ€™t see it, and to be honest, our options are very limited if you take Saturdayâ€™s bench as guidance – Ospina, The Jeff, Chambers, Iwobi, Gibbs, Ox and Gabriel.
That 4-0 was a shambles and left me feeling much as I did after Wengerâ€™s 1,000th match mauling. But onwards we go.
And luckily, I have the memory of a goldfish, not an elephant.