Arsene Wenger has hailed the recent performances of Mohamed Elneny as the new man’s emergence in the first team has been one of the few bright spots in recent weeks.
The Egyptian international scored his first Arsenal goal in the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, as well as running 2km more than any of his teammates in the 3-1 loss to Barcelona. He also had a good showing away at Sp*rs, and with midfield injuries once more affecting the options available to the manager, his growing stature is certainly timely.
Speaking after the Barcelona game, Wenger said of the January signing, “He arrived in January and I integrated him slowly. He has made a big impact and his individual performance and his team attitude is absolutely fantastic.
“When you think that he’s 23 years old, that he comes from [a club in] Switzerland and that he’s not used to that intensity, I believe overall it’s very positive.
“He’s a very bright boy, very team-orientated and understands the game very quickly. He’s very keen to learn and he has a good combination of ambition and humility. That is a very good thing.”
Elneny will have another chance to impress in today’s Premier League clash with Everton, so let’s hope he can play a part in turning around the club’s recent dismal run of form.