Mohamed Elneny says he’s happy to be ‘back home’ with his Arsenal family after returning to first team action in the 2-0 win over Hull City.
The midfielder set off for the African Cup of Nations in Gabon after the Gunners win against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and missed seven domestic games in total as Egypt embarked on a run to the final where they were defeated were by Cameroon.
Injuries to Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, and a four-game suspension for Granit Xhaka, exacerbated Elneny’s untimely absence as the Gunners lost further ground in the title race with two defeats to Watford and Chelsea.
Eager to make up for lost time, Elneny told Arsenal Player that he’s eager to help his boss and teammates by getting back to work.
“Back here, I feel I am in my home,” the 24-year-old said. “We are one family and you work really hard with people who really love you.
“That made me adapt quickly, and helped me to start training immediately as I felt that the team really needs me now. I don’t want a vacation or a time off, I want to work hard and play with the team.
“Everything is going fine here. We all love our coach and we don’t concentrate on anything other than the next game. All our focus is on compete for all of the available titles including the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League so that we can achieve something together.
“That’s why beating Hull was so important, because we have an important Champions League game coming up. It means we will now travel with confidence on our side and that is extremely important before a big game like this.”
Arsenal will travel to Germany tomorrow afternoon ahead of Wednesday evening’s clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.