Report: Former Celtic hero Moi Elyounoussi being tracked by Arsenal and Leicester

By David Walton

October 17, 2021

Former Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is being eyed up for a move to Arsenal or Leicester just months after leaving Parkhead, according to the Daily Record.

Moi spent 2 successful loan periods in Glasgow under Neil Lennon. Overall, he racked up 24 goals and 14 assists in only 67 appearances [Transfermarkt].

Since then, he’s gone back to Southampton and managed to become a smash-hit so far this season. He already has 6 direct goal contributions in 7 matches as he’s managed to make himself one of the regular starters under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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And now, the Record is reporting that the Norwegian international is being monitored by both Mikael Arteta and Brendan Rodger’ outfits.

The report states that both clubs view him as a cut-price option given he’s into the final 18 months of his Saints contract.

Elyounoussi joined Southampton back in the summer of 2018 in a £16m move [Sky Sports].

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Mohamed Elyounoussi still to prove himself in EPL despite Arsenal and Leicester interest

Whilst Elyounoussi is back playing regularly in the EPL again, he’s still to show he can thrive there on a weekly-basis. It’s been a decent start, but the Norwegian has still to standout against some of the better sides in England.

Not that he doesn’t have the ability. He’s shown at the highest level with Norway that he can rub shoulders with the best in Europe. Playing at a higher level than Southampton looks a certainty at some stage.

It was never conceivable that Celtic kept hold of the winger beyond the summer either. Not when you take into account the doors that were going to open for him in England. That’s just the nasty reality of being Celtic. We simply can’t compete with the financial levels on offer down south.

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Regardless, what’s done is done. Elyounoussi had a successful time in Scotland and will now be fully focused on making himself a standout on a regular basis with Southampton. The early signs are promising, but there’s still some way to go.

It would be interesting to know what Saints would consider selling him for. Not that Celtic would likely be able to throw their name into the ring. But it would be intriguing to see how his value has changed after his time in Glasgow.

In any case, he’s impressing the right people since restarting his life in the EPL. Hopefully, he goes form strength to strength in the coming weeks.

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