Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised new signing Mohamed Elneny as he tells the club’s official website how the midfielder’s attitude to first-team affairs is absolutely fantastic.
The Egypt international joined the Gunners from Swiss side Basel during the January transfer window.
He wasn’t the big name transfer most were hoping for, yet his impact on the team has been extremely impressive with his latest performance against Barcelona a real positive despite defeat.
Commenting on the midfielder ahead of Arsenal’s weekend clash with Everton, Wenger praised his display in the Nou Camp and cited his attitude and intelligence as two key areas which have made an impression.
“He has made a big impact and his individual performance [against Barcelona] and his team attitude is absolutely fantastic,” Wenger said of the midfielder.
“He’s a very bright boy, very team-orientated and understands the game very quickly. He’s very keen to learn and he has a good combination of ambition and humility. That is a very good thing.”
Elneny arrived as a box-to-box midfielder and he has arguably been the Gunners’ best player in recent weeks, slotting in to the holding position previously occupied by the injured Santi Cazorla.
Defensively he is better than the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, while going forward he has been just as impressive as he opened his goal scoring account with a fine 20-yard strike against Barcelona.
The 23-year-old posted a 93% pass-accuracy rate and three key passes against the Catalans, illustrating his intelligence at keeping it simple when necessary and later picking the right forward pass.
Elneny has a bright future at the Emirates, and when Spain international Santi Cazorla returns from injury the supporters will get the chance to see a potentially dynamic midfield featuring them both.