Mohamed Elneny received plenty of praise from Arsenal fans for his performances in the middle of the park last season, but during the World Cup, the 25-year-old failed to impress.
Overall, it was a disappointing campaign for Elneny’s national side Egypt as they bowed out at the group phase.
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The team’s star man Mohamed Salah was not fully fit for the tournament after he suffered a dislocated shoulder during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat in May.
In the end, Egypt failed to win a single game as they were beaten 1-0 by Uruguay, 3-1 by Russia and on Monday night suffered a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.
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The nation finished at the bottom of Group A, and to make matters worse for Elneny, Arsenal fans have been criticising the midfielder, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt.
The defence-minded player, who made 31 appearances in all competitions last season, started every one of Egypt’s matches in the tournament.
I stand by what I’ve always said: Elneny is a lovely guy but he’s definitely not good enough for Arsenal.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) June 26, 2018
I like elneny for his effort but I don’t really rate him all that much. Still feel this is a bit harsh tho.
— JR (@ArsenalJake2) June 25, 2018
Elneny 1/10 against Saudi, but but certain Arsenal fans genuinely believe he’s better than Xhaka & deserved the extension.
One of the worst players i have ever seen, he literally serves no purpose & is only rated for his engine.
— Tao Mandalas??????? (@CarriIero_) June 25, 2018
Someone at Arsenal gave Elneny a new contract. Simply not good enough for Arsenal. No! He is not even a good back up, before you say it.
— Steve Martin (@HarlowGooner) June 25, 2018
Honestly not sure how Elneny has made it to Arsenal.
— chief ??????? (@aIiladiere) June 25, 2018
Elneny wears #4 for Arsenal haha we’re such a dead club
— JT ?? (@NachoDonreal) June 25, 2018
No longer rep Elneny.
Bang average side passing merchant. No place for him at Arsenal.
Bring in Banega & bin him.
— DieMannschaft ! (@Arsenal490304) June 25, 2018