Arsenal midfielder says derby performance proved he deserves game time

Mohamed Elneny insists that he deserves a regular starting spot in the Gunners side.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has claimed to beIN Sports that his performance against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday proved that he is deserving of a regular starting spot at the club, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

The January signing from Basel was thrown in at the deep end by Arsene Wenger, who handed the Egyptian his first Premier League start in the crucial North London derby.

The 23-year-old impressed with a quiet, no-nonsense performance in the match, particularly in underpinning the Gunners midfield following the dismissal of his central partner Francis Coquelin.

Elneny thanked Wenger for having faith in him for such an important game, and stressed that he believes he has done enough to warrant continued selection for the London club.

He told beIN Sports, as quoted by the Evening Standard: "Arsene Wenger has confidence in my abilities and the abilities of all the players.

"We had a good game against a strong opponent. I wanted to prove that I deserved a place in the starting line-up, and I think I earned my place."

Elneny is the only major outfield signing made by Wenger since the end of last season, but in his four appearances for the club since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium he has shown signs that he had the attributes to add to the midfield.

With Coquelin now suspended for the FA Cup fifth-round replay against Hull City on Tuesday, Elneny is expected to keep his place in the side at the KC Stadium.

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