Elneny on ‘unique’ Ozil’s new deal and Aubameyang’s arrival


Mohamed Elneny has hailed Mesut Ozil as a unique talent after the German finally put pen to paper on a contract extension yesterday.

It’s a huge thing for Arsenal to keep him, especially in the current climate, and the Egyptian midfielder was pleased that a great player and well liked character had committed his future to the club.

Speaking to beIN Sport, he said (via Reddit user EgyptianAhlawyGooner), “When he talked to me today he told me that he signed a new deal with the club and I was very happy that he’s staying at the club.

“Ozil is a very important player on and off the pitch, he’s very useful to us. Off the pitch he’s always joking and always gives you positive energy.

“On the pitch he’s a unique player, a player who finds everything easy to do and you feel like he’s a very unique and important player.

“This will of course give us a bit of stability because all of the players are staying and everyone is focused now.

“Now there is nobody focusing on signing a new contract or leaving, all of us now will be focused on the next part of the season because we know that its an important period for us.”

Elneny did make some headlines with what appeared to be pointed references to former player Alexis Sanchez, so he’s clearly #TeamMesut.

To read what Elneny has to say about Aubameyang’s arrival, check out the rest of the Reddit thread.

And for more on the January window, James from Gunnerblog returns for an epic Arsecast Extra – listen below.

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Does he know something about Wilshere’s contract?? Hope so



V is for Vic Akers

I mean seriously what is Mohamed’s best position – defensive mid? center mid? pyramid?

Donald\'s Trump


Lack of Perspective

Yes!!!! As an egyptian i can officially say on behalf of myself that i thoroughly enjoyed the word play.

Walking like an egyptian though….fucking lame. It was never funny. And something really unimaginative people say to egyptians like theyve never heard it before.


Central midfield. Man knows how to dictate the flow of a game, keep the ball moving, has stamina to keep up with the game and position wise he will pop up everywhere he is needed in midfield. And if he is not in a good position will direct players on who to pass to.


Curly haired deep lying defensive ball-recycling metronome.

Seriously, he’s been the best we’ve seen him this season the last couple matches in that deepest mid role as a link between defenders and mids. No, he doesn’t have the imposing size. But he’s disciplined, ever-working, determined, and makes those possession focused passes and always makes himself available as an outlet for the defenders. He’s quicker than Xhaka, and makes better decisions on when to commit to a tackle.

He seems best suited of our mids to being given a clear assignment and following through on it.

I’d keep working him in that position until a better option for dedicated DM is found. (Heh, that’s some serious job security!)

granit(e) hard!

I agree, and add to that he really is a very humble, hard working, nice and likable human being, and not without talent as some would have us believe, (you don’t break into the arsenal first team and be a regular in your national team without talent)…..I am sure I am not the only one that wants to see this guy succeed at arsenal.


Love this guys attitude. BigMo ?


At this point i think our best midfield pairing is Elneny-Jack. Arsene no farting around please. Put out your best eleven come saturday.


Play two players who pay attention to what the other members of the team are doing around them? That sounds like heresy! Xhaka only.


Actually i do not think a midfield pairing works for this aresnal team, more like three in the middle. With Elneny’s discipline and Wilshere’s ability to get pass the first man it can work to an extent but Wilshere needs to be higher up the pitch which would leave Elneny alone to stop attacks (then we will be saying Elneny cannot defend as he is not so much a tackler but someone who will stay with the guy on the ball keeping him busy until players are back in position).


Thats 1000X better then Xhaka getting outrun or checking off lol

Brian Clifford Bowers
Brian Clifford Bowers

Elneny has a good heart and is a player that is hardworking unfortunately he is NOT premier league material.This require major work as his speed and decision making is slow.Good man for Champions league

Guns Up

His decision making is slow?? He moves the ball more quickly than any player in the side. Precisely why I’d rather he start than Xhaka.


He is as good as or better than Fellani and yaya Toure (given his age) and Sissoko, so while i would say he’s not ideally starting 11 he is definitely capable and a good squad player. Onwards and upwards


Congratulations Eleney… you have just been promoted to Arsenal’s No.1 Defence Midfielder!

Please report to the training room immediately where you will be drilled to survive and function as a lone wolf operative deep inside your own half where little to no support can be expected from any off your team mates.

Expect to deal with multiple runners been passed onto you by languid play makers and dodgy back passes from your other team mates. Also expect some dodgy forward passes from the keeper and as we wish you all the best in your valiant attempts to play out from the back.

Feel free to take a few 30 yard pot shots when you get bored of the team’s sterile possession and sideways passing.

Good luck!

Gooner Town

Hahaha… Really enjoyed this 😀

granit(e) hard!

lol….can’t honestly say i blame the guy, even I would take a pot shot after watching our sterile pass left, pass right, pass pass, lose the ball iterative routine, over and over again. Honestly, I would!


So is Jack’s contract done?


Hope there is an announcement soon, regarding both Ozil and Wilshere. Amidst all of this buzz about Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, people seem to have forgotten about our future captain’s contract situation. Announce a new deal for both, and barring Giroud/def/def mid reinforcement it will have been a nearly perfect window


Özil is announced mate


I think they are waiting for Jack’s decision before they announce Ozil. Like that they can announce both at the same time. There’s a lot of potential in this squad. We just desperately need to fix the broken system.


Off topic – This transfer window has gone way better than I expected – so excited we get to see Auba and Ozil play together!

But I get the feeling that this window is mostly about getting in (and keeping) quality “marquee” players who can help in the mid-term, rather than balancing the squad for this season. It’s an odd squad in some ways:

-Our two main strikers have similar attributes, and we lost Giroud’s directness. How are we going to get the best out of Auba and Laca in the same line-up?

-All our best midfielders seem to be most naturally number 8 or 10 (Ozil, Mkhi, Ramsey, Jack, Xhaka). We now have no dedicated wide players. Plus we sold our only proper DM (Coq) without a replacement/upgrade.

-There is now no proper backup for Bellerin at RB/RWB. What if he gets injured/burnt out? Arguably we needed improvements at CB, although I think our current CBs would perform a lot better in a better structure.

I’m guessing the plan is to think about balancing the team in the summer. Could that be with a new manager?

I’m just glad that we’re not starting the summer reconstruction with Ozil and Sanchez both leaving on frees, as I’d feared!

Man Manny

Must Auba and Laca be in the same line up…all the time?


I hate to disagree, but I do: we shipped our top 3 scorers from the past few years and brought in one striker who has never played EPL and an out-of-favor midfielder who essentially plays Ozil’s position. we have a horrendous defensive problem and we didn’t address that at ALL – in fact we let Debuchy go, the ONLY back-up to Bellerin. We have no defensive mid – we sold Coquelin, who was the closest thing to it. And while doing all of this, we managed to strengthen 2 rivals, in fact we’re the only top team to have done this all month. Mhki and Auba and Ozil re-signing are nice, but…come on, we’ve done nothing – NOTHING! – to solve our glaring defensive problems. We are way, way too easy to score on, and nothing about this month has changed that at all.

Oh – and our squad’s slowest player – Xhaka – continues to operate with impunity, making it almost feel like we are 11 v 10 when he’s on the field, which is, maddeningly, every game all game. He should be immediately dropped.


… it sounds like we mostly agree?!


We totally do! I should have clarified that I only disagreed with the opening line of your post. That’s my bad.

Earnest Rutherford

You sir can suck the positiveness out of proton.


We could sign Evans’ and Liuz’s all day long and still our defense would not be organized or drilled properly.

I agree we need backup for Bellerin and what we desperately need is that CB who will lead the back line, but until they actually have a sound and practiced plan for defending we needn’t bother really.

Same for wingers – no more Giroud, and Laca doesn’t get in there for crosses and won’t win them in the air anyway, what’s the point in wingers? Bellerin and Monreal / Kolasinac provide the width.

Hmm. Makes me wonder- maybe the reason we keep getting beat by these crossing balls on the break is because our defense drills against attackers that don’t do ANY of that!

granit(e) hard!

well, doesn’t make sense truly, but maybe arsene has a couple of our promising youngsters earmarked for those roles?….that would be a typical arsene move because he likes to nurture young talents, but whether it will work remain to be seen


At a stretch i recon we could go to a 4-4-2 ozil/dat giy left mid jack or ramsey right mid, with laca auba up top. Midfield of elneny xhaka or elneny wish depending on who is rm. Our defence is 3rd thought anyway so might as well go all out attack


Forgot about Henryk yeah justbscrap everyrhing I said


I think the boss sees AMN as potential DM/RB. There’s also Chambers and technically Mustafi who can play at right back

You’re right though, there’s an interesting imbalance in the side with so much to work on. Another thing we’re lacking are true wingers – we have upcoming Reiss Nelson (and no one else…)


Aubameyang signs
Ozil Signs
Mou loses (yea yea we do to, BUT he does too!)
Mkhi signs
James is back

Someone please wake me up, this is all too good to be true.


Whodafak is James, though?

Niall Shannon

You should listen to the podcasts on Arseblog to find out 😉


According to my source Wilshire is signed and it will be announced next week.

Donald\'s Trump

Tell your source it’s Wilshere.

Uncle Santi

My sauce is worcestershire


I love Mo. Think him coming off against Swansea was ridiculous. I prefer him in the team. He kind of reminds me of Gilberto in the way you don’t really notice what he does until he’s not there anymore.

Drew Dewsall

Down voted for my opinion? YAY!

Drew Dewsall

Cool, I like this game!

Northern Gooner

it’s the way it works, isn’t it?

The way i see it, people who disagree with your opinion down vote you, while those who agree, up vote you. All pretty simple and fair, really.

I come here to express my opinion (as if anyone cared). I’m not seeking validation of my thoughts nor am I looking to change people’s minds based on my rants.


I like Mr Elneny. He seems like an all-round good fellow.

Gudang Pelor

And seems intelligent and perceptive.


That was a hell of a tackle in the box v Swansea. I like him v much but he commits the heinous crime of shooting at goal from time to time & so won’t get played very often

Gudang Bedil

He’s a Gooner inside


No player wished Giroud goodbye on social media.
So was he a bad egg to like Sanchez?
I think we were pretty unfair to Sanchez thinking he was disliked just based on him not getting goodbye messages by the players.
Just a thought.


Theo just did. I feel sometimes team mates take time to react to the news.


You know theo doesn’t play for us anymore, right?


Maybe they knew Tues that was it. They were able to say goodbye in person. Not really make it a public thing since he maybe didn’t really want to leave but did because he was being pushed out?


“Ozil is a very important player on and off the pitch, he’s very useful to us. Off the pitch he’s always joking and always gives you positive energy.”
To me….that is clearly another poke at Alexis. And he defintely knows what is happening away from the media and fans.


Yeah, ME is clearly delighted Alexis left.

Bob\'s Mexican Cousin
Bob\'s Mexican Cousin

He should be our new media director


Oezil is a top top football player. His vision is second to none. His dribbling, passing skills and technique is sublime. Those who don´t see this (there have been quite a few here on this blog) might like to watch football but they really don´t understand the game.


Frankly I think Elneny has suffered under the defensive clueless non strategy at the Arse.
Brought in a bit recently ( not with any really stable positional instructions) hes actually done very well.
Best / most switched on versus Swansea, ( until subbed off ) and really good versus Chelsea in the semi, especially as he was asked, yep, you got it, to play here there and fucking everywhere. Good luck to him…..I’d like to see more of him in midfield sweeping up, he’s good at it.


Oh , forgot to say………..way better/ more aware than Xhaka


Most big clubs keep referring to a “fantastic four” in their attack. We could have that with mikhi, laca, ozil and PEA. With elneny and wilshere behind them and a stable back four.

Even if we continue to be quite sh*t at defence, maybe the fear of that front four will make our opponents think twice.

I know i am dreaming, wenger will never be that adventurous anymore.


Not since Kolo Toure have we had a player that seemed to be so enthusiastic about just playing football.


Such a boost.

Huge names leaving – Theo, Le Coq, Alexis and Giroud.

The last two were big blows going to rivals.

At very least we retained Ozil.

Its the one shining light in the window.

The Aubameyang deal and the Mhkitaryan one I am less enamoured with but hopefully they show their potential.

I think there’s been a bit of a divide in terms of recruitment this January http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/42897568

On the one hand the pricing shackle are further loosened and we went about spending although it can be argued that Wenger has been doing this anyway for last 4 seasons starting with Ozil (minus the cech summer which was inexplicable)

BUT on the other hand there is little communication between Mslintat and Wenger and there seems a disconnect between purchases and what the team actually needs BOT tactically for balance and in terms of bigger strategic implications.

I don’t for one minute think we could not have done a deal with City. Sure United were offering more but were we aggressive enough to try and shift Alexis on to City instead of a rival for potentially fourth? I don’t think so.

Fact is the current buying team had their eye on ex-Dortmund assets bc of leverage and benefit to them more than to the balance of this team.

We were then forced into a tight situation with United where they essentially dictated the Mhkitaryan swap. This was forced upon us make no mistake.

We receive a player low on confidence and not necessarily the player who can transform us over the next 3 to 4 seasons giving age.

Then there is Aubameyang.

Such a complicated deal again you have to wonder if it was the best option.

It entailed yet another sale of one of our better assets (and one that gave us different solutions up top) to yet another rival.

But also the player coming in is cup tied for the one competition that may give slim alternate hope of working back into CL.

And he comes with baggage. We may complain on one hand of Alexis and his attitude but what happens when highly paid Aubameyang decides to pull the same stun on us as with Dortmund…particularly as he finds out his new club currently sits 6th in same position as the crap club he so likes to denigrate which he left from Bundesliga?

Mahrez as I mentioned we may have been able to get for 50m.

People confuse the price quote to City late on for 92m but there is a premium obviously with City late on in the market last minute with no other viable options where we had Aubameyang and others to play off on price all through the window if we wanted Mahrez.

He could have given us better balance creatively out wide, pace (which we have lost with Alexis, Ox, Walcott gone) and still scoring ability not to mention he is left footed but plays inverted on rwing so there is flexibility as well.

Instead we were committed already to Mhkitaryan and beholden to another ex-Dortmund contact in Aubameyang for I’m sure more than footballing reasons as well.

All in all, we will have to wait and see if the new selection materialises its potential quickly.

But the disonnect between the manager and the buying team is not good.

As mentioned aside from tactical balance (where’s the midfielder? Or defender?) we have not considered strategic issues well enough.

What if Giroud scores the one goal that keeps CHelsea (currently 4th) just ahead of us on GD and CL spot?

In theory to most fans with shiny new striker, a good window.

In practise frankly a mixed bag.


I feel we made the most out of a potentially disastrous situation, so I’m happy. All of our own doing in the first place of course, but then again who really knows wtf is going on upstairs.


OHHH my lord

You were wrong with your Mahrez valuation. He was never going for 40-50M Once Cout when for 150M it was over. Arsenal had no leverage over Leicester lol What are you smoking?

Leicester didn’t have to sell. If a club ins’t motivated to sell then why would they feel obligated to meet your valuation. ie turning down ManC offer of 60-70M More then you said he was worth for Arsenal to get him for. They still turned it down because they did not have to sell!!!! So there is no leverage for Arsenal so stop saying that.


Bit of stability would be nice