Arsenal midfielder claims he knew he would only take three weeks to adapt to Premier League's physicality


Mohamed Elneny has quickly developed into an important player for the Gunners since his January arrival.

Arsenal January signing Mohamed Elneny has claimed to the club's website that he knew that he would only take three weeks to adapt to the Premier League despit ebeing warned about it's physicality upon his move to England.

Elneny joined the Gunners from Swiss side Basel in January and since making his debut in the FA Cup win over Burnley at the end of the month he has developed into a key part of Arsene Wenger's midfield.

The 23-year-old has already made 11 appearances in all competitions for the club and has started each of the club's last five Premier League matches in the heart of midfield.

The Egyptian international is certainly not short on confidence, boasting last month that his adaptability made him the perfect player for the Gunners' midfield, and insisting after winning the club's player of the month award that his impressive start to life in London was just the beginning to what he is capable of.

Now he has talked up his ability once again, claiming to the club's website that he always knew it would only take him a matter of weeks to adapt to top-flight English football.

Elneny said: "Some said I would find it hard to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League but I thought otherwise. I even told my agent to give me three weeks to show him how well I could adapt. I know I can adapt to all kinds of people and every league I play in.

"The Premier League is the best and strongest league in the world because there are so many surprising results. It is difficult to compare it to the Swiss and Egyptian leagues because everyone knows that the Premier League is the best.

"It is amazing. Everything is wonderful, from the fans to the style of play. I enjoy playing for Arsenal so much. It’s a different kind of football, it’s faster and first-class."

Elneny will be expecting to keep his place in the side when the Gunners face West Bromwich Albion on Thursday night.

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