Ex-Gunner gives his verdict on Mohamed Elneny

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Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny has made quite an impression.

Rami Shaaban says Arsenal’s new midfielder Mohamed Elneny has all the attributes needed to become a top player for the club and has been impressed with his introduction, the club’s official site reported.

The Egyptian international joined the Gunners from Swiss side Basel in the January transfer window.

Many supporters were hopeful of a big-name signing in order to boost the club’s Premier League title hopes, therefore upon confirmation there were a lot of questions being asked of the midfielder.

But Elneny has responded brilliantly, and Shaaban feels he’s a perfect fit for the North London club and holds hopes of him becoming a big player for the club in the future.

“Taking that step from Basel to Arsenal, can be challenging. I think he’s going to fit the club perfectly and listening to what the boss says about him as well only makes me more convinced,” Shaaban said.

“In Egypt, they really praise their stars. He has really adapted and I hope he gets more and more time. But it will take time. I hope he can make that step to be a regular and become something really big at Arsenal.”

Elneny can be described as a typical box-to-box midfielder - capable of breaking up possession, putting tackles in, playing the ball through midfield and joining the attack.

He scored his first goal for the club with a wonderful 20-yard effort against Barcelona in the Champions League, and nobody could say it hadn’t been coming after a couple of earlier decent efforts.

The 23-year-old has made three Premier League appearances since moving to the Emirates, averaging 2.3 effective clearances, 35.7 accurate passes and an 87.9% pass-accuracy rate per encounter.

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