Mohamed Elneny explains how Arsene Wenger’s advice improved him

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The Egyptian midfielder made a move to Arsenal from Basel in January this year and has settled well.

Mohamed Elneny has revealed the small piece of advice that he feels has improved him as a player following his arrival at Arsenal, reports ESPN via Arsenal Magazine.

The Egypt international says he was told to shoot less from long distance by his experienced head coach Arsene Wenger and focus more on retaining possession.

The January signing from Swiss outfit Basel has become a starting regular in the centre of midfield at the Emirates in recent months.

Despite having a penchant for scoring with long-range strikes with his former club, Elneny has been urged to restrict his ambition to fit in with the Gunners’ preferred style of play.

The 23-year-old scored his only goal for Arsenal in the 3-1 away defeat to Barcelona as the English side were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage.

With the season closure drawing nearer, Elneny claims he has been asked to alter his style of play to enable his transition.

He was quoted by ESPN as saying in the May edition of Arsenal Magazine: “I used to shoot a lot when I was at Basel but sometimes that doesn't suit our style here.

"[Wenger] taught me to be more of a team player and to be intelligent in terms of when I shoot. I also paid attention to my teammates and took their advice. That has helped me to improve my performances already."

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