A player of the month award, a goal of the month and a string of strong performances, Mohamed Elneny has won a lot of fans since signing for Arsenal in January.
Though it took the midfielder a little while to break into Arsène Wenger’s team, he’s now surely one of the first names on the teamsheet. Strong FA Cup performances gave us fans glimpses of his obvious talent before he took on Barcelona and, recently, became a regular starter in the Premier League.
Without Santi Cazorla, and with the misfiring form of our strikers piling pressure on Aaron Ramsey to contribute goals from midfield, Arsenal’s central pairing lost a calming presence. Francis Coquelin is good at winning the ball back but needs a partner to distribute it well and Elneny is just that.
“When he signed I could see he was a good player with the ball and how he could make good passes,” Koscielny told Arsenal.com. Arsenal’s form has generally improved since Elneny came into the side and his intelligent play on the ball has already won over supporters.
“He is not a player who takes the ball and goes from box to box with it, but he can help the team go higher up the pitch and keep the ball, which is very important.”
Elneny distributes the ball intelligently and relies on his work ethic and superb engine to help him cover a lot of ground, allowing him to take up useful positions and always provide an option to teammates.
A goal in Barcelona may have caught the eye, but Elneny’s all-around performance at Camp Nou was strong as Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League. Looking at home against that opposition is no mean feat.
“He doesn’t lose many balls during a game, he has scored and he has played well,” Koscielny added. “He signed three months ago so his adaptation to our philosophy at Arsenal and [to life] in England… I am very impressed with it.”
So are we here at Daily Cannon and we only hope to see Mohamed improve even further. If he’s already this good, what will he look like after pre-season with the rest of the squad? With injuries, age and transfer rumours a concern, Arsenal’s midfield could look very different next season but the Egypt international is sure to be an important part of it.