Elneny shirt number revealed

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New boy Mohamed Elneny will wear shirt number 35 for Arsenal after his signing from FC Basel was completed today.

At his former club he wore 33, so this is 2 better. The 33 shirt is, of course, currently held by Petr Cech so the Egyptian international has plumped for 35 because of complex mathematics.

35 is 2 more than 33, but 5-3 is 2 and when you take that 2 away from 35 you have 33 so it’s all Hunky Dory and he doesn’t have to worry about the ch-ch-change that much.

Extra reading

Guardian profile of the boy who slept with a football

Wenger: Versatile Elneny can fill midfield gap

Elneny: It’s an honour to work with Wenger

Listen to this week’s Arsecast for more Elneny discussion

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Jack Wheelchair
Jack Wheelchair

Let’s all hope he can be our Star Man…..

matt
matt

Chambers really needs to change his shirt to 36
As a Wu Tang fan I’d even buy the horrible 3rd kit with that on the back.

Welcome, El Neny Neny, best of luck my bubble-permed friend

Dylan
Dylan

36 Chambers with an incredible verse from inspectah cech

Jamie Vardinho
Jamie Vardinho

hahaha absolutely loving the wu tang references.

kaius
kaius

I’m by no means a petitions man, but I could get behind a petition for this… a Chambers 36 shirt would be legendary

Fred
Fred

Looking forward to seeing el neny play against stoke

Tariq
Tariq

Get in… ASAP… Please.

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

My advice to him is don’t let Alexis and Giroud introduce you to their hair dresser. He will make you tidy with a friendly face. We want a wild boy in that midfield

Man Manny
Man Manny

Just check out the age range of these boys and you’ll see what Arsene is quietly building.
Bellerin – 21
Chambers – 21
Gabriel – 25
Coquelin – 24
Elneny – 23
Wilshere – 23
Ramsey – 24
Ox-Chamberlain -23
Campbell – 23
Welbeck – 25
Add Ozil -27, Alexis – 27, Walcott -27, and you will see a team that will play together for many seasons.
If we sign a CB in the summer ( as Mertesacker’s immediate successor), and a striker, an extremely exciting team emerges.
Why am I having this feeling that Arsene should stay on?

John C
John C

Ramsey’s 25

John C
John C

And crap, so is Chamberlain and Wilshere’s always injured, as is Welbeck. No one’s seen El Neny play and Chambers has yet to convince or find a position in the team.

Goonertom
Goonertom

Ramsey’s crap? ………. alrighty then

John C
John C

I guess you didn’t watch yesterdays match

Goontang
Goontang

What are you on about the welsh jesus is crap. Just a few weeks ago the pundits, yes those torrid fuckers, were saying he is the best midfielder in the league now. I dont take into that debat because im gunner biased and off course it is rosicky. (On track for balon d’or, player of the year and golden boy) without even taking the field this season in my opinion.

But our whole midfield got dominated at anfield. Jog on if you think ramseys crap. Next thing you’ll be saying is rosicky isnt a rockstar.

John C
John C

I think we’ve seen we’ve seen enough of Ramsey to comfortably say he’s a crap midfielder, maybe he’s a good striker, because thats where he normally plays, but midfielder not so much.

The pundit who said he was the best midfielder in the league was Steven Gerrard, who had a very similar all action style to Ramsey and i thought he was rubbish as well, so there you go

For the record i’m not a fan of Rosicky either.

Laurie
Laurie

Due respect Johnny but I fear you carry quite some negativity.

John C
John C

I don’t only honesty,, i’m an optimistic person

Ted E.
Ted E.

Maybe it’s the other way around, he wants something very solid to hand over? Unlike Ferguson, who left Moyes with problems all over the field…

Man Manny
Man Manny

Nice perspective, but I have a feeling the board will offer him an extension. If that happens, I don’t see him saying no.

paul moses
paul moses

kingdom

John C
John C

And Wilshere’s 24

Goon
Goon

Now watch me whip, now watch me el neny.

Sonic Gunner
Sonic Gunner

Don’t know why people always down vote this comment.
The dude himself tweeted it on his Twitter page yet people are dis-interested
Happy times ahead for all gunners.

The Car2n Goon
The Car2n Goon

Rather something like this…

Elneny oh oh
Elneny oh ho ho

To the tune of “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, the refrain is:

“Volare, oh, oh
Cantare, oh, ho, ho”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-DVi0uge

Timothy Lumsden
Timothy Lumsden

Zelalems number

badaab
badaab

Do we have an official pronunciation of his name yet? I don’t know where to put the emphasis.

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

En-nen-ny – silent L

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Why is it M. Elneny? Not like we have any other players called Elneny.

At least it isn’t as bad as Toure Yaya (why is it back to front?).

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

You crash fistfight the players chose their names. They only have to make sure they comply with the guidelines blah blah. Lauren for exemple was Etame when playing in the African cup and Etame Meyer when playing in world cup. Also that guy Kun something in Citeh. It’s for identification purposes only the rest is their mate

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Don’t you know both Kolo TourĂ© and Yaya TourĂ© played at the same time in Man City ?

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Nope – I’ve been living under a rock.

Of course I do, but last I looked, Kolo and Yaya don’t have the same first letter, so it could quite easily be Y. Toure and K. Toure and if it has to have his whole name, why isn’t it Yaya Toure? (Maybe you call him Toure Yaya, but I think that sounds weird.)

I know it’s petty and pathetic, but I don’t see why players get to put whatever they like on their shirt, rather than their actual name – it’s supposed to be for viewers and the referee to know who is who – I’ve never once called Yaya Toure “Toure Yaya”, nor (for example) have I said “Kun Aguero” – Kun is some stupid nickname because he looks like an old Japanese cartoon character, it’s not his name.

Dom B.
Dom B.

Or like that egomaniac kevin prince boateng, whose shirt only says “prince”. Meh.

Laurie
Laurie

Methinks the only man in football who deserves the egomaniac appelation is the man who nearly relegated ChelseaFC.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

In french Africa, they put the last name first. That’s where Yaya is from. He does have big ego though.

domii
domii

I have to say that I was very negative at the beginning when the rumours started that we are interested in signing Elneny. I have never heard of him before, and he did not seem impressive or “shiny” at all, like it feels when you are signing a star in the making who is coming from a stronger league and nation. Now, reading about him, especially the article in the guardian, about how he used to sleep with the football, how modest, hardworking and selfless he is, along with how good and important he became for FC Basel (not Basle, blogs!) I am pretty sure that he will become a huge success with us. Looking athis first interview, I like this guy so much. I am proud that we as a club have a manager who values qualities that he has, who can see that, it sas a lot about Arsene as well, how good he is as a person. Like he did see something in Gabriel, also in Koscielny etc. Proud and happy to be a gunner.

ALAGBA
ALAGBA

who wore the 35 shirt previously?

Alex Partridge
Alex Partridge

GET OUT WHILST YOU STILL CAN, ELNENY

Shitu Yahaya

Welcome to Arsenal Mohamed Elneny

Yassin Ntamala

Elney is the best.

Ifeoma O
Ifeoma O

I wish you the best in an arsenal shirt. your first blessing at this club will be the 2015/2016 premier league trouphy

Eberechukwu Asiegbu
Eberechukwu Asiegbu

Am happy to see Arsenal sign a player like Elneny; he will join our superstars to battle for premier league .