After Arsenal confirmed the signing of Mohamed Elneny, Arseblog News got thinking…have the Gunners ever had an Egyptian on the books before?
The answer, courtesy of Arsenal historian, Andy Kelly, is yes.
Citing a cutting [left] from the Daily Express on 24 August 1921, he confirms that a left-winger by the name of Ahmed Fahmy played for the reserves on several occasions.
“They [The Express] call him Sedak Fahmy. I seem to remember that the Islington Gazette called him Abdul, but it was about 25 years ago that I last looked through that paper.
“The Express gives quite a few details on him. Paterson didn’t recover from his injury but his place was taken on the left wing by Clem Voysey.
“The trial game that is mentioned was a public practice match played on 20 August. These were played at the start of the season until the early 1960s and usually pitted the first team against the reserves. Fahmy came on as second half substitute for Voysey in the “Blues” team.
“Fahmy played at least 14 reserve games that season (I’m missing about 10 line ups so it was probably more). The reserves missed out on the London Combination title to Tottenham on goal average.
“He also played at least 7 reserve team friendlies. He played exclusively on the left wing.”
We’ve also come up with a couple of others.
Tipped as a possible replacement for David Seaman, Rami made five first team appearances, including Champions League games against AS Roma and PSV Eindhoven, before a bad leg break kept him sidelined for quite some time. He went on loan to West Ham after the arrival of Jens Lehmann then moved to Brighton in 2005.
Playing in defence alongside several ‘Invincibles’ we beat Grazer AK 2-1, goals from Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Persie, before turning over Sturm Graz 2-0 with Jose Antonio Reyes and Francis Jeffers on the scoresheet.
A decade later, somewhat strangely, the Daily Mail linked Fathy with a second trial. Weird.
If you know of any other Egyptian links, let us know in the comment section…