Mohamed Elneny impressed everyone on Saturday with his display against Western Sydney Wanderers.
- Elneny scored once and almost scored again against WSW
- 25-year-old played as centre-back
- Could this be long-term position for Elneny?
- Wenger faces shortage of centre-backs at beginning of next season
Elneny was impressive in the role of ‘advanced’ centre-back against WSW and while Arsene Wenger’s choice the play him there appeared odd at first, the Egypt international took to his new position like a duck to water.
While Elneny wasn’t that convincing during Arsenal’s previous 2-0 pre-season win over Sydney FC, against WSW, it was another story – he was fantastic.
The 25-year-old seemed to be playing in a slightly more advanced role that your usual centre-back alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal. However, against a team like WSW, who weren’t exactly hammered Arsenal’s goal, this didn’t appear to pose any problems and instead gave him the opportunity to get forward and score.
The goal wasn’t spectacular. In fact, it took a huge deflection. But the audacity Elneny had to shoot from there was admirable and the goal was proof that sometimes you do just have to hit it and hope.
Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers FC 3-1: Elneny with the third goal: pic.twitter.com/kOEiXMoqWT
— Sam (@samuelJayC) July 15, 2017
It also meant that Elneny came out full of confidence in the second half and within minutes almost scored again.
This time it was a shot from range, which hit the underside of the bar and would have been a beaut’ if it had gone in.
An impressive display from Elneny and a massive hint that Arsene Wenger is planning to move him into the centre at least for the beginning of the 2017/18 season considering Laurent Koscielny will be serving the rest of his three-match ban and Gabriel’s injured.
As long as the lad’s getting game time, you get the impression that he doesn’t really care where that is.