Mohamed Elneny rules out Arsenal departure

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Mohamed Elneny says that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer, despite reported interest from clubs like Leicester City and Galatasary.

The Egyptian international joined the Gunners from FC Basel in January 2016, and has proved a useful member of the squad, if not always a first team regular.

He worked well with Granit Xhaka during yesterday’s Community Shield win over Chelsea, and afterwards said he wanted to prove a point with his display.

“There has been a lot of criticism recently and I wanted to prove that I deserve to play for a big team like Arsenal,” he told BEIN Sports.

“That was my best game for Arsenal. I am giving all that I have on the field for the team thanks to God and to the support I have from the coach and my team-mates.

“I am 100 per cent concentrated and I’ll give my best to the team day after day.”

As for his future, he seemed pretty clear, saying, “I am staying at Arsenal this season.”

As for the win itself, Elneny believes it will help the preparation for the new Premier League campaign which kicks off on Friday against Leicester – a team he reportedly turned down a move to earlier in the summer.

We had the motivation to win the game against the league winners – Chelsea – and especially almost a week before the start of the league, which will help us a lot,” he said.

“This is a tremendous push for our team to look better and play better on and off the pitch.”

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A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Good

DRAKEYY
DRAKEYY

He didn’t put a single foot wrong against Chelsea. Since he’s been at the club I think he’s been exceptional honestly I think he should would have cemented his place as a starter if it wasn’t for his nation’s cup duties and subsequent injury when he returned. He’s so mobile like he never stands still he’s always moving always available to help the team to receive a pass to recover and I love especially how he presses in midfield that’s one of the best things about his game that I like I think he’s should stay keep improving and he should not feel out of place because he really does deserve to play for a team like arsenal he really does have what it takes both technically and attitude wise

Skywalker
Skywalker

Fine words my friend and very well said. Allow me to add a few important information to your fine insight and evaluation which I totally agree with. For a start Elneny suffered a serious confidence issue after Xhaka joining and taking over his place in the starting lineup and him being so emotional this really affected him deeply as he thought he already earned his place as a starter through his fine start in the 2nd half of the earlier season and you probably know how serious it could be for a player at this level to have his confidence shaken. Things got even worse during the AFCON as he was still out of focus which resulted in the ever demanding Egyptian fans being so furious with him which lead to them verbally abusing him on social media during the competition to the extent he suspended his Twitter account for over 10 days. Luckily for him he got injured at the end of the first round and I say luckily because this when the Egyptian fans started realizing his serious importance even with the state he was in he still managed to make the difference in midfield hence his absence was sorley missed. Elneny then managed to recover just before the AFCON final against Cameroon where he played a very good game especially first half and a scored a very nice goal in this match yet Egypt where ultimately defeated due to extreme fatigue and other key players being suspended lead to them squandering a one nil lead 15 minutes to the final whistle as Cameroon came from behind to score twice in 3 minutes and secure the game and the cup Then Elneny returned back to Arsenal after a very long AFCON emotionally and physically drained then came that injury that made matters worse but I knew he will have a hard time especially with Arsenal performing
Jd dismal in the league and the pressure mounting on the players and Wenger which didn’t help his situation one bit. All that behind now and Elneny had enough time to reflect and regain his energy and most importantly his confidence and I could only see this experience benefitting him hugely and made a stronger man out of him because I tell you Elneny at his normal average best would secure his starting place infront of anyone because he has is that good with tons of space for improvement and mark my words by winter he will become a fan favorite and one of the best holding midfielders in all of Europe. His nickname in Egypt is the Octopys because he acts as if he has four legs all doing the job perfectly and he can shoot long range with high accuracy as he was Egypt 3rd top scorer at one time and all from long distance, something that unfortunately weathered since he joined Arsenal for some reason.

FRANK
FRANK

I absolutely agree. Spot on!

midgunner
midgunner

Great attitude. Must admit I’m one who can see a potential upgrade on Elneny. But that kind of approach and display goes a long way to overcoming some of the flaws in his game. Keep it up Mo!

dr Strange
dr Strange

Good for us.

Pedant
Pedant

We should be keeping players like him that have acclimatised, know the other players and can kick on, into the best years of their careers (he is 25). New signings will take time to get used to the PL.

Looking forward to a good season from him.

NewSeason
NewSeason

Congratulations dude! Pretty rare to hit triple-digit votes without a single downvote.
It might be just my OCD but I like the sight of 100 0.

RamseyMidfieldNightmare
RamseyMidfieldNightmare

You jinxed it.

matty t.
matty t.

The person who downvoted it. What a complete knob-head.

A different George
A different George

A small extra benefit: now that the African Cup of Nations has been moved to summer, we won’t have to worry about Elneny (or Iwobi) missing a month or two in the middle of our season.

JustBrowsing
JustBrowsing

Great squad player, on and off the field.
He’s done a great job stepping in for the injured Cazorla as Mr.Happy, no?

Alex
Alex

Honestly watching the game/highlights/pictures from yesterday, I realised that Xhaka is taking up the happy smiley thing quite well too.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Hah yeah. Seems like a genuinly happy and nice man, just like Cazorla.

sam
sam

Seri _ Xaka >>> Ellery _ Xaka

The Romford Pelé
The Romford Pelé

Spelling_Valid-Comments >>>Nonsense_Speculation

AM/DM LRC
AM/DM LRC

I totally agree. The current David Elleray/Xhaka midfield partnership needs to go. But I prefer the look of that Pierluigi Collina chap, if I’m being honest.

The_Giant
The_Giant

I’m not going to trust the “expert opinion” of someone who doesn’t even know how to spell the names of the players he’s judging.

Kai
Kai

Dontknow_shit_about_arsenal>>>and_yeah_spelling

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Syntax error.

bfollinprm
bfollinprm

Checked that on Football Manager, did you?

Jack
Jack

People seem to forget he scored an absolute screamer against Barcelona as well!

DontForget
DontForget

I can’t think think of a PL team that wouldn’t love a consistent, positive, capable midfielder like Elneny. Always slots in when you need him, never complains when you don’t. He can run for days and he’s careful on the ball. Perfect squad player with the potential to still grow into more.

aberinkula
aberinkula

Agreed on all counts. Can we train him to think twice before shooting from outside the box, though?

pedro
pedro

If anything we need more players prepared to take a shot from long range. He’s got a decent boot on him, it doesn’t always come off but neither does trying to pass it over the line. I hate seeing a player come to Arsenal prepared to shoot and then get it drilled out of them tother other extreme.

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Couldn’t agree with this more.

Surely, El-neny and Xhaka were both signed, at least in part, because each of them has the ability and willingness to shoot from range, making them ideal players against bus-parking teams.

Robert
Robert

Elnenys best game for Arsenal yet and he should shoot more from outside the box it was one of his best skills before we bought him and opposing teams wont expect it from Arsenal instead of trying to walk it into the net with no one prepared to take the responsability to shoot

J Dizzle
J Dizzle

For sure, if he’s happy to be a squad player he’s a fantastic backup – particularly in the games when we want to dominate possession.

To see him ever challenge Ramsey/Santi for a starting spot he will need to improve either his shooting ability or defensive strength.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Agreed on everything until the last bit. I just don’t think he has the tools to be a first 11 player for a team that want to win the league. Nothing wrong with that obviously, he’s a good option to have around. My big concern is who out of Elneny, Rambo & Coq is good enough to be first choice partner for Xhaka? The answer is none of them for me, which I think is the big gap in our squad.

bfollinprm
bfollinprm

He was MOTM to me, so I don’t really like the term “squad player” applied to him. It’s better Ramsey doesn’t feel too comfortable.

GUNNERS
GUNNERS

decent backup indeed

Anthony
Anthony

Oh what a joy it is to have players like Mo as our back up options. Remember the days where Denilson was starting week in week out!

Gunnya
Gunnya

Thanks allah

sAMa
sAMa

This comment though cracked my ribs ?

Alex james boat trip

I think he was talking about the injury god

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

The new Edu/Parlour.

Whowearshortshorts
Whowearshortshorts

Completely agree with the New Edu comment- was thinking the same yesterday.

Al the Gooner
Al the Gooner

I am a fan of Mo, he is a world class passer, works his arse off and always keeps an eye on his defensive duties, rather than blindly charging forward as Ramsey and Wilshire have tended to do in that position. Very good squad player and I think it would be a mistake to offload him.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Ah come on now…Xhaka might be a world class passer but Elneny? You’re getting totally carried away there. He’s a decent, tidy passer but no more than that.

Goontang
Goontang

Definitely a good squad player. But i would certainly be putting xhaka, ramsey and coquelin on the pitch in front of him when available.

That performance last night may have just pushed wilshire out the door though.

Am a gunner
Am a gunner

He had good game yesterday ,probably our best player ,has good fitness level still chasing ball down for full 90 ,like him a lot

sixnyd
sixnyd

Very poor player, not able to hold out the ball,renumber rival,unable any dribbling, he is able only to run like sense naked. Doesn’ t deserve to play like regular gunner.

pedro
pedro

Yesterday proves otherwise. Look at his numbers.

A decent player and seems like a decent enough bloke, I don’t understand the hostility to him.

Bendtner\'s ego
Bendtner\'s ego

I have zero clue what you wrote about, but I’m gonna thumbs-up vote it for the most insane translation I’ve ever seen!

naija gunner
naija gunner

I will like hv some of dat shit u smoking bro

Corona X
Corona X

How can you judge someone for “he is able only to run like sense naked”?! To me that sounds like an incredible skill 🙂

Tanned arse?
Tanned arse?

He’s getting back to being the player that originally signed. Someone who moves the ball forward quickly and then follows for the return pass. He seemed to have lost that, perhaps feeling inferior to his team mates but I like his game when he’s being positive and buzzing around the pitch looking to actually make things happen

Usmanov
Usmanov

That exact kind of move was what won us the free kick that led to the goal we scored.

I am desperate to see him (our midfielders in general) play more and more like this.

Tanned arse?
Tanned arse?

I also think coquelin has a far greater skill set than he’s given credit for and can play much further forward and to good effect

Le Bob
Le Bob

This pleases me. I think he proved yesterday not only what a useful player he is, but that he can be a good one too. And it’s nice to have options.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

another thing I like about Mo is he rarely looks rusty, even if he has gone a long time without a game he slots in and does a job. Happy, capable backups are very important imo and we shouldn’t sell him unless we can get a guaranteed upgrade

db10s
db10s

I think the only rust he picks up is positional rust. Seems abit out of place or caught out sometimes when he comes in cold. But his touches and decision making on the ball is still on point.

Matt
Matt

This article took me by surprise. He’s a really solid player. No obvious reason to sell him. Can play with pretty much any other midfielder in the squad.

Skywalker
Skywalker

People tend to forget how good he originally was when he joined winning player of the months twice in a row. People also need to look at why his form dropped later on and that has hugely to do with his confidence levels being affected largely after Xhaka and taking from him that starting spot and I was personally sorry for the guy being a player myself there is nothing that hurts more than seeing another player automatically taking your spot after such a decent start to his career in a new team.I think he had enough time to reflect on that and reboot himself. By way words of encouragement to his likes does wonders so I hope he gets the praise he deserves because I see him as more than just a decent squad pkayer

Mark
Mark

We absolutely cannot lose him, he is such a consistent performer and does whatever is asked of him. He certainly is not flashy, but works his butt off every match he plays, does not turn the ball over, is always working to provide an option for the player with the ball, keeps it moving well, has a great attitudet and really is underrated as to how he reads the game and is in the right position whether we have the ball or are defending. Personally I think he should be part of a rotation with Ramsey and Xhaka in DCM ahead of Coquelin.

bob davis

He was very impressive yesterday. Covered as much ground as Kante.

Glocken
Glocken

I have no problem with Elneny staying, he’s a good squad player who can play all of the cup and Europa games while filing in when players like Xhaka & Ramsey need a rest.

John C
John C

One of the best things to happen this summer was the rescheduling of the African Cup of Nations to fit in with the european football calendar, this should help El Neny immeasurably.

He, and all african players can now be picked without a manager having to worry that they’ll be missing for crucial parts of the season, something i’m convinced restricted him to only 7 or 8 starts last season

Drew

Really like this lad. He has the right attitude, seems to love being an Arsenal player and he’s getting better and better. Think he is vastly underrated.

Drew

And he’s got cool hair!

Gonzogunner
Gonzogunner

I tried to focus on him as much as the camera angles would allow.
The way he tracks the movement of the ball was really impressive.

Steinn
Steinn

Not good enough to be a starter but a very useful squad player. Could probably fill in at right wingback as well if crisis hits.

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

Consistent squad players are the difference between improvement and decline. The ability to be able to bring on someone who wont play below a certain level whether he is in form or not is immense. Edu used to do this and currently Giroud does with goals from the bench and his general hold up play. Its the players like Gibbs and Debuchy who offer nothing to complement the team who need to be moved on. Even the Walcotts of this world need to be considered in as much as he goes through flurries of scoring, more often than not he does nothing.

Uba Ngenegbo
Uba Ngenegbo

A much better option than that headless chicken of a player called Ramsey!

santori
santori

I don’t think he wants to leave. Offers won’t be as attractive to staying even if on bench.

That said, he looked decent and if he can develop his long range shooting, maybe another asset we can employ.

Otherwise he is chiefly to me utility.

One thing I like about him is he is full of running.

BUT I still think we need to upgrade deep midfield.

Granit is key at the moment. The Swiss long passing range is essential for us to move the ball up field quickly.

Ramsey has a knack for link play and moving into the box.

Coquelin is more defensive and is probably the best tackler.

Santi of course has no definite return date.

Iwobi is a possibility IMO in deep midfield but he still has a lot of experience to gain.

Elneny will have to bring something different to the plate. Again maybe his long range shooting(set pieces?)

What we lack is IMO a player who like Santi could retain the ball technically and drive through traffic from the middle.

Your Viera or Abou Diaby.

I think KOngdogbia is wantaway at Inter and has the raw ingredients at 24yrs but whether Wenger feels he has the aptitude is crucial.

Also another interesting candidate is possibly Pastore. He hasn’t featured as much for them over last two seasons and at 28yrs may not be fashionable for them.

If he can be re-roled like Arteta and Santi into a deeper role, he can help control the ball for us better with his technicality/dribbling skills. Also has the added benefit of covering/alternating with Ozil.

His long range passing is almost as good as Granit’s.

Seri replicates Granit’s long range passing too but maybe less limited in terms of dribbling skills.

who else?

Whether Wenger prefers to find solution for midfield or instead go for another LWB in Lemar is the question. (we already have Kolasinac/Monreal)

I feel its a bit of a mistake to leave midfield short again this season granted Elneny is improving. An injury or two or suspension and the midfield balance is so delicate.

nelson
nelson

I like that he is aware that Arsenal is far far bigger than him and any other player , He is just happy to be given an opportunity to make his mark and to play his role as part of the team.

I believe we voted him player of the month for his first two months at the club did we not ?