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Arsene Wenger is optimistic Mohamed Elneny will become an Arsenal player before the end of the week.
Speaking ahead of the weekend's FA Cup third round win over Sunderland, Wenger admitted the deal had been delayed due to an issue with his paperwork, but the Frenchman is hopeful the Egyptian will complete his move to the Emirates in the coming days.
"I expect movement, yes. I think this week it can happen, we are positive," Wenger told reporters on Monday morning.
"The situation should be sorted out. There’s a lot of work permit problems and special paperwork to do and the visa. We hope to finalise it this week.
"As long as it’s not definitely signed you have to be cautious, but I’m optimistic."
The delay means Elneny will not be available for Wednesday's Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield, while he is a doubt for Sunday's tie with Stoke.
While Wenger remains tight-lipped over his own plans, the Arsenal manager believes the January transfer window will be particularly active.
"This January transfer window as I believe many clubs will be active. You go from the clubs down in the table to the top. My prediction is that it could be one of the most active January windows you have seen," he added.