Arsene Wenger says Mohamed Elneny will have learnt a lot from his debut in English football as the Egyptian midfielder played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.
The 23-year-old, who signed from FC Basle two weeks ago, cut an energetic presence in the centre of the park alongside the returning Francis Coquelin and came close to opening his account with a couple of decent attempts on goal.
“I felt he [Elneny] started a bit cautious, played a bit secure,” said Wenger after his side progressed to the FA Cup 5th round.
“He became more adventurous, he had some good shots on goal. His mobility, his work rate was exceptional and for the rest, he needs to adjust to the power of the game in the Premier League.
“This was a good welcome today and certainly he has learnt a lot today.
“It will take him some time to adjust to the power side of our game here, but the intelligence, the mobility and the technical level are good.”
The boss was also pleased that Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin came through the game unscathed.
“Coquelin was quite available for the Chelsea game but I thought it was a bit early. Today he looked quite comfortable and without any problems.
He added: “[It was Alexis’ first start] for eight or nine weeks. When I saw Derby against Burnley, I had a little hesitation to pick the three [Alexis, Coquelin, Elneny].
“But the fact that we played at home, I thought we could manage to get away with it. Alexis I was not too much worried about on the fitness front because I kept him out two weeks ago and he was already there physically.
“We had some worries about his muscle but today he came through well and you could see that physically, he is ready.”