Arsenal drew 0-0 at home to Hull City.
The Gunners had ample opportunities to beat their Championship opponents, yet Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic had one of his finest afternoons as he thwarted the hosts time and again.
The hosts racked up 23 efforts, 11 of which were on target, yet they were unable to find the breakthrough and will have to do it all again at the KC Stadium in the upcoming weeks.
Arsene Wenger will on one hand rue his side’s missed chances, yet there were positives for the hosts with January transfer window signing Elneny putting in a decent display in midfield.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the talented midfielder was heavily involved throughout as he stepped in for Aaron Ramsey who missed the contest with illness.
Elneny posted an impressive 104 touches and an 88.5% pass-accuracy, figures which were among his team’s best as he and Mathieu Flamini controlled the middle of the pitch.
Moreover, the Egypt international provided a creative spark with two efforts and two key passes while also contributing to the defensive side of the game, adding three tackles and one interception.
Elneny will likely feature again in the replay with The Tigers, and Wenger’s confidence in him appears to be growing with each passing week as he gets to grips with the rigors of English football.