Arsenal have confirmed that Mohamed Elneny has signed a new contract at the club.
One of three players who were set to become free agents at the end of June, the Egypt international has been rewarded for his impressive performances covering for Thomas Partey in the latter stages of the 21/22 campaign and for being an all-around good egg.
The 29-year-old has made 147 appearances for the Gunners since being signed by Arsene Wenger in January 2016.
He’s slipped in and out of favour during his six years at the club, even heading out on loan to Besiktas for a year, but has a canny knack of reminding people of his qualities just when he’s been written off.
Rumours of an extension have been doing the rounds for several weeks now and the midfielder indicated he’d be more than willing to stay at Emirates Stadium.
On signing his new deal, Elneny said: “I love this club and I feel like part of this family.
“I want to continue at this amazing club and amazing family and I’m very happy and very excited for the future.”
“I spoke to Mikel, always I speak to him, I need to hear what he thinks about me. I always say to him, ‘Mikel, I really appreciate what you’ve done for me’ because with Mikel, I’ve played more times than before. I’m glad. I always say to him this.
He added: “The way he speaks about me, it really makes me emotional, really something really good for me to hear from Mikel, the way I play, the way I help the team, the way I’m being positive. For me, it’s really incredible to feel this way from Mikel, the club and Edu.”
Manager Mikel Arteta, who shared a dressing room with Mo as a player, added: “Mo is a really important part of the team. He brings endless energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the team and is loved by everyone.
“He’s an important player for us on and off the pitch, a real role model to our younger players and I’m delighted he’s staying.”
Elneny’s deal is one year extension, plus a one year option on the club’s side.
Solid talent retain. Good for rotation.
Sensible move with Europe next year. Glad he wants to stay with us.
Good. But….how long is this contract?
According to the BBC Sport website, it’s reportedly a one year contract, with the option of a further 12 months.
Didn’t read anything more than the headline then?
Good news though. Deserved.
FYI, I happened to read this story on the BBC Sport website before I then read it on this site. That’s why I referred to them above.
Perfect. One more year for depth and gives us the option if none of the kids kick on the meantime. Hopefully another 12 months will mean Sambi or Patino are making more waves but safety if not. Very sensible.
“Elneny’s deal is one year extension, plus a one year option on the club’s side.”
More important, not as long as Willian’s contract was.
Who else noticed he’s actually starting to make more daring forward passes? Receptive to a good coach I would guess…
solid, but there’ll never be any cigars.
I like him tho
He reminds Arteta of who himself was when he was playing.
You not aware of arteta consistently being Everton’s most creative & possibly best player for years or even his time at rangers where he played on the wing? If you weren’t around to see it, it’s only a wiki or youtube search away.
He was a really good playmaker in his prime & transitioned really well to a deep lying midfielder by the time he came to us.
Yeah I think he meant Arteta at Arsenal
Injury free ☆
I’m happy with that, a solid and humble pro. Based on the latest Blogs assessment system averages a B- delivery but always an A for effort.
For me, this only makes sense if we sign 2 other midfielders. Xhaka, El Neny, Partey (more fitness related) has proven not good enough. I get the bench role argument, but two often he has become first choice through default and he isn’t quality.
Think we may only need 1 other top quality midfielder, depending on departures & whether or not coaches think Sambi is ready to step into a more prominent role.
I’d be happy with Partey, new signing, Xhaka, Elneny & Lakonga tbh.
Too often he becomes first choice? Assuming you are talking about Mo here, but he is never first choice. He only ever plays because of injury, and he is exactly what you want in a bench player: happy to come off the bench and doest mess things up too much.
Good “signing” for next year. About 7-8 left now if we’re to compete for top 4 and reach the final stages of the Europa league (not all need to be world class but we need also numbers next year)
Bring Patino, Flores and Azeez in Europa and cup squads. Atleast one of them will shine for sure.
Ok now announce Kessie.
He’s going to Barcelona.
Love Mo. And that thunderbolt he’s capable of…
I see we’ve got our transfer business out of the way early for a change.
Great news. Solid squad player.
It’s 2022 and El Neny has just signed a new contract with us. Not even Doctor Strange could’ve predicted this timeline back in 2019-20.
solid player to bring on when we are 2-0 up in every game next season
Well this is some pretty wholesome content. Delighted for him and makes sense for the club.
I love Mo, always have said he was criminally underrated. Not spectacular but is far better than he has been given credit for. Plus he loves the club and it is good to have characters around that truly want to be here. This can only be a positive thing.
Wow, well thinking, that was the most wise decision Elneny
He proved himself a most useful squad player this season. I’m glad we kept him.
This is great news. Good for stability.
A-Cat-with-nine-lives Mo. When you think he’s down and out, he storms right back. Reminds of Theodore Bagwell (T Bag) of Prison Break.
I don’t know how many players would sit on the bench for as long as he has done, yet put in such performances in the business end of a season – for a club with everything to play for!
I’m pleased for him, he loves us and is happy to give his all even if he’s not first choice to play. He’s always got a positive attitude and with Europa next season and five subs in the league there’ll be gametime for everyone.
I know the debate around thus but for me it’s a no brainer. We have bigger positions to focus on that trying to find another fourth choice midfielder.
An Arsenal man & a great man ! No brainer signing for a loyal talented valuable squad player Thank you for signing again Mo !
Glad to have him back, can come in when needed, but won’t ever cause an issue or complain if not playing. Works his tail off and is a great example for the younger players.
I’ve tore into Elneny here in the comments a couple of times over the years in frustration (backwards passes yadda yadda), but I’ll admit he deserves this contract for his performances this past season. Well done. I think the coaching has definitely helped get his game right. His attitude has never been questioned though. Humble, appreciative, and always 110%.
Well it’s not like egypt us. That deal is pharaoh nuff.
Good job 👍🏾
Congrats, Mo Elneny
His words … I’m chuffed. Such humility. Decent end product on the field. Glad he’d be around for longer !!!
Good move. Happy to be a squad player. Great attitude. If we lose him, how do we replace him? Difficult to replace guys like him that are just straight up professionals.
Very pleasing news. Good for the club, the player and the youngsters coming through.