Arsenal midfielder explains how he knew he was good enough to play for the club


Mohamed Elneny says that once his former club Basel started knocking out teams he used to watch on TV, he realised he was good enough to play in England.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has described to the club's official website how he knew he was good enough for them, explaining that once his former club Basel started beating big European teams he realised he was at the same standard.

The Egyptian international joined the Gunners in January after scoring five goals in 27 appearances for the Swiss side in the first half of the season.

Since his arrival, the 23-year-old has appeared three times for Arsene Wenger's side, including making his Premier League debut in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

Elneny admitted that it was akin to a dream to be playing at the Emirates, but insists that he knows he is good enough to play for Arsenal because of his successes at Basel.

He told Arsenal's website: "When we were little in Egypt we would watch Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and then all of sudden I was playing against them [for Basel].

"In my first season, I played against Zenit and Tottenham, and all of these teams we would watch on TV. We knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League and got to the semi final. Before I was watching these people on TV then I was knocking them out of a tournament.

"We beat Liverpool to qualification. They went to the Europa League and we carried on in the Champions League. So once you start knocking out the teams you watched on TV, your dreams start to grow, you realise that they are players just like you and that you are at the same standard."

Elneny would be forgiven for feeling pressure to succeed at the Emirates; he remains the only senior outfield player to have been signed by Wenger since the end of last season.

He will be hoping to be given more playing time in the final few months of the season as he attempts to settle into life in England, having played only in Switzerland and his native Egypt to date.

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