Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has publicly sung the praises of January addition Mohamed Elneny and hailed the impact the midfielder has made since moving to the club.
The industrial Egyptian has added an extra work rate and commanding presence to the core of the Gunners’ team and has put in a number of impressive performances for the North London side.
Elneny had excelled at Swiss side Basle and now looks like an important member of the Arsenal team after moving to England in the mid-season transfer window.
Wenger has taken the opportunity to give praise to the young midfielder and admits that he has helped the team in achieving their collective goals.
“He arrived in January and I integrated him slowly,” The Express quote Wenger as saying.
“He has made a big impact and his individual performance [against Barcelona] and his team attitude is absolutely fantastic.
“When you think that he’s 23 years old, that he comes from [a club in] Switzerland and that he’s not used to that intensity, I believe overall it’s very positive.
“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.”
Arsenal have been accused of lacking heart in midfield since the days of Patrick Vieira, with Elneny going some way to making the Gunners more of a daunting opponent.
The African enforcer has the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey as competition for a starting berth.