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Mohamed Elneny proving to be an absolute steal for Arsenal

Mohamed Elneny

In a time when the regular going rate for a top quality central midfielder is around £30 million, Arsenal have somehow hit the jackpot when they pried Mohamed Elneny from Basel for just £6 million.  When he arrived to north London in January, many Arsenal fans weren’t exactly thrilled to hear of the news.  Despite a majority of the fanbase asking for a high-priced superstar to man their midfield, Elneny has been nothing short of outstanding during his first eight months in England.

Although featuring in just 11 Premier League matches during the tail end of the 2015/16 campaign, the Egypt international boasted a successful pass percentage of 93%.  The passing statistic is even more impressive taking into account that he averaged 77 successful passes per game (would be tops in the Premier League according to squawka.com).  Not only is Elneny’s passing game spectacular, but the recently turned 24-year-old has also brought attributes to the table in midfield that the Gunners had been lacking for quite some time.

Along with his quality vision, Elneny possesses a combination of defensive skills as a tough-tackler, but is also neat on the ball going forward.  While not exactly flashy, Elneny just gets the job done.  Francis Coquelin has been utilized as the club’s usual defensive midfielder over the last two and a half seasons, and played the part well; however, Elneny is not quite as reckless as the Frenchman and is certainly better on the ball as well.

Elneny’s first campaign in red and white was highlighted with his incredible curled effort on goal from just outside of the box during the club’s March matchup with Barcelona.  The goal even topped the Arsenal Goal of the Season poll voted on by the fans.  To add to his stunning strike, the Egyptian was also voted as the club’s Player of the Month for both March and April as well.  In the end, Elneny scored a goal and added an assist in 16 total matches played during the 2015/16 season with the Gunners.

With the summer addition of the £35 million Granit Xhaka, Elneny’s playing time could be reduced a tad from his freshman campaign with Arsenal.  Though his versatility to play either defensive midfielder or in a more advanced central midfield role will certainly help his cause, Elneny will now have to fight for a starting place with Coquelin, Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and Jack Wilshere.

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Nevertheless, Elneny adds quality depth to the middle of the pitch, something that the Gunners have struggled with in the past.  The midfielder may not be selected in the starting XI for everything league match for the upcoming season, but he could very well become a vital player in the middle of the pitch for Arsenal if he continues to develop.  Adding Mesut Özil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Alex Iwobi to the aforementioned sextet, and the Gunners now possess one of the top overall midfields in the Premier League.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. dingo

    September 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Elneny my favourite Arsenal player

    :)))))))))))))))

    Walcott out X12years= :(((((((((((((

  2. Stat

    August 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    You are tired with Wenger. Remember that he is a moneymaker at ARSENAL. Nothing to say but just waiting for what will happen to our team this season. Sad gooners!!!!

  3. jay allenby

    August 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I love watching Elneny play. The guy has tons of energy and is all over the field. He could be a superstar soon.

  4. Andrew

    August 10, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    please we beg wenger to resign as coach of arsenal cos we the fans are not happy with him anymore.He is a disgrace to us.he keep criticising those coaches who are willing to succeed,thereby go in for quality players.what is his business there.

    • NYfutbol

      August 10, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      I’m sure he is reading this and thinking it over.

  5. Mauray

    August 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Wenger should be stone if he goes for Boney or Evans.I think is better for Wenger exit than waiting to apologize at end of season trophiless.other coaches are busy buying while Wenger keep pricing players like buying pepper for sauce.It’s unfortunate dat we’re going to loose ozil and Sanchez cos of wenger’s attitude.we hate Wenger.

  6. Olumutimi gboyega

    August 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

    The guy is truly a good bargain by arsenal in all ramifications.he suits perfectly to arsenal playing styles. Good movement, passes well, above average on tackles, great potential in interception. However, he needs to improve in scoring and shooting abilities… Elneny welcome to Arsenal

  7. Isaac

    August 10, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I Don’t Know The Reason Why Aw No Want Buy A Striker Now

  8. thenry

    August 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    i still dont understand why we bought xhaka as elneny has performed exceptionally well
    dont get wrong xhaka is a beast of a player but elneny imo is more suited to our style of play
    the media has given him no credit if chavski or city or manures had signed him they would be drooling over him the same with the small minority of Arsenal fans who dont give elneny or wenger any credit cos he cost 6 mill
    strange times in football a 100 mill for pogba yet elneny gets np credit or mention for his performances at the tail end of last season
    elneny will be one of the outstanding midfielders this season imo
    win or lose we are the Arsenal always behind the team and manager
    COYG

    • starsenal

      August 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Why not, after years of buying and keeping players like denilson and diaby?

    • Soft touch

      August 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Na so o,up guners 4 life.

  9. Ogban

    August 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I love watching the guy play football. So elegant on the ball. A good reminder that a player doesn’t have to cost the heavens to be a great player. Good reminder too that Mr Wenger still has an eye for a bargain. That’s why we love the man.

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