Mohamed Elneny is having the season of his life and is currently ranked 2nd best performer in the Premier League and 12th best out of all players in the top leagues across Europe this month.
Mohamed Elneny. Quite how he is still at Arsenal is anyone’s guess. The solid seven-out-of-10 player has survived numerous purges at the club and, while he was sent on loan last season and lost his number four shirt, the Egyptian midfielder has shown that slow and steady can sometimes win the day.
Of course, if Arsenal had better midfielders we wouldn’t be having this discussion, but they don’t, so we are.
Three of Elneny’s five Arsenal goals have come this season, as have just under a third of his Arsenal appearances (40 from 129). Until this campaign, the most appearances he’d ever made for the club in a single season, since his arrival in January 2016, was the 32 he got in his second season.
The CIES Football Observatory regularly collate stats and one of their latest sets shows the Egyptian ranking joint 12th when it comes to performers over the past month. They give him a score of 90.3 with only Jonny Evans, who tops the ranks across Europe, above him from the Premier League.
When the table is filtered to show just Premier League performers, Elneny is second with Joe Willock third and Granit Xhaka 12th.