Mohamed Elneny has described what it’s like to have a fresh start at a club like Arsenal.
After signing the midfielder in the winter transfer window, he’s only been handed a couple of starts and these have been in the FA Cup. However, the 23-year-old hasn’t been half bad and with some work, he could become a valuable asset to the team.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about his journey to Arsenal, Elneny seems positive.
“Of course each period has its own experiences and is unique,” he said.
“But when I came here it’s as if I’m starting over.
“I need to learn from the people here. This is the best club in the world so I need to learn how the people here move, see things, think about things. These are all experiences I hope to learn from.”
He continued, “When we were little in Egypt we would watch Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and then all of sudden I was playing against them [for Basel]. In my first season, I played against Zenit and Tottenham, and all of these teams we would watch on TV.
“We knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League and got to the semi final. Before I was watching these people on TV then I was knocking them out of a tournament. Last season it was Real Madrid and Basel who qualified to the round of 16.
“We beat Liverpool to qualification. They went to the Europa League and we carried on in the Champions League. So once you start knocking out the teams you watched on TV, your dreams start to grow, you realise that they are players just like you and that you are at the same standard.”
It’s good that he’s willing to learn and grow as a player at Arsenal. He acknowledges what a huge club we are and still seems completely in awe that we’ve even signed him. It’s good because although he’s obviously willing to put in the work on the pitch, he’s not going to get grumpy when he’s not starting every match. He seems to have a good understanding of what’s expected of him, as well as how competitive the League is.