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.”