Mohamed Elneny has revealed that Arsene Wenger told him to shoot less, confirming what many of us already knew – the Arsenal boss isn’t a fan of shots from range.
If you’ve been paying close attention, this won’t actually come as much of a surprise to you. Apart from the obvious ‘SHOOT!’ cries you will hear regularly at the Emirates, Wenger has spoken on this issue before.
He believes that, more often than not, there will be a better-placed player and you should look to find him instead of taking a gamble from distance.
This is why Arsenal players are so reluctant to shoot and always look to pass.
Arsenal had only scored two goals from outside the box in the league this season until Alexis doubled that in one game against West Brom. It is not something we all imagine.
Speaking in May’s edition of Arsenal magazine, Mo said “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.”
There’s no denying that Elneny has been a revelation and his promotion to the first team after a short acclimatisation period resulted in the steadying of Arsenal’s wobbling ship.
“The most important thing for me has been listening to Arsene Wenger’s advice and putting it into action,” he continued.
“The manager has been giving me advice since the first day I arrived at the training ground.
“He always talks to me about the game and my position and that gave me a lot of confidence.
“He often instructs me to press the opponent and not give them time on the ball in our half.
“He’s also helped me to understand the system and playing style he prefers to see us playing.”