Mohamed Elneny started for Besiktas against Galatasaray over the weekend, the only Arsenal player to feature in a match.
Mohamed Elneny and Besiktas faced off against Galatasaray in an away Super Lig fixture on Sunday. Every other league containing an Arsenal loanee is off, as things stand, due to the spread of coronavirus.
Even the Super Lig are only playing matches behind closed doors at this point. They’re still available to watch on TV though, so we had the chance to watch one player with an Arsenal contract this weekend.
Sadly, the game was terrible. It was a 0-0 draw with 30 fouls and just six shots on target for the two teams. Elneny made his share of fouls, with three, though he did also make two clearances, four interceptions and one tackle.
The midfielder lost most of his duels, only winning three of seven. As usual, his pass percentage was very high, at 90.4%, but given he was sitting between the two centre-backs in possession, that’s not exactly surprising.
The 27-year-old’s main job seemed to be disrupting Galatasaray’s rhythm without the ball and distributing from deep when they had it. He completed the task effectively enough without being particularly impressive.
Elneny is now up to 28 appearances for the season, starting every league game bar the four he missed through suspension. At least he’s still putting himself out there on other clubs’ radars.