Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are taking things ‘step by step’ with Mohamed Elneny, amid media rumours of a contract extension.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with Mohamed Elneny (R) on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

The Daily Mail report that Arsenal are preparing to discuss a contract extension with Mohamed Elneny, after his strong start to the season.

Admittedly, the Mail’s report is a bit dodgy. At one point, they write that Elneny’s deal “is currently poised to expire at the end of this campaign”, but later say it “expires at the end of next season”.

When Elneny signed the deal, the Mirror, the Evening Standard, talkSPORT and others reported it ran to 2022. Plus, Mikel Arteta suggested in his pre-Molde press conference that they’re taking things slow with the midfielder.

“Let’s go step by step please,” Arteta responded to Elneny contract questions. “What I can say is that I am really pleased with the player and everything that he is doing and hopefully he can continue like that and perform really well throughout the season.”

Elneny is already up to nine appearances this season, playing the full 90 minutes in all but one of those games. Only four players in the squad have made more appearances, and only three have played more minutes.

Of the three games Elneny missed, Arsenal lost two. So it’s no real surprise the fans are starting to warm to him again, despite largely expecting him to leave over the summer. Winning away at Old Trafford helps too.

Let’s hope that good feeling lasts with more positive performances in the coming weeks.