Mohamed Elneny insist that he’s not leaving Arsenal this summer, despite reports.
Despite recent reports that Elneny could be leaving Arsenal this summer, the 25-year-old insists that he’s staying put and is completely focused.
“Winning the Community Shield gives us momentum ahead of the new season. We [players] talked about the importance of winning this game,” Elneny told beIN SPORTS [via KingFut].
“There has been a lot of criticism recently and I wanted to prove that I deserve to play for a big team like Arsenal. That was my best game for Arsenal.”
He added, “I am staying at Arsenal this season.”
The Egypt international only signed for Arsenal from Basel in January last year and went on to play just 694 minutes in the Premier League last season. However, with three years left on his current contract, he’s still got plenty to prove.
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) August 6, 2017
At the moment, Elneny sits alongside Francis Coquelin in the pecking order, behind Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in midfield. But with his switch to centre-back, perhaps we’ll see him get more game time.
He’s not as strong and powerful as you would like a central defender to be but his passing is good and we all know how, when Wenger has an idea in his head, he’s one of the most stubborn managers out there. Therefore, even if Elneny at centre-back doesn’t work out, which looks likely, we’ll probably still see him playing there for weeks until there’s a change.
Saying this, due to Ramsey missing out on the Community Shield with a muscular problem, Elneny was back to his former defensive midfield role against Chelsea. While there, he completed 58/62 passes (94%). However, the sudden return to his ‘former’ position was obviously a bit confusing for him and he didn’t have the best game, despite what he claims.