Arsenal have finally confirmed on the official website Arsenal.com that the club has now completed the first, and hopefully not the only, transfer of the winter window. The news about the Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny has been known for some time but there was a hold up while we got confirmation of a work permit being granted.
All that is sorted and the 23-year old has put pen to paper on his Arsenal contract and he could now be set to make his debut as a Gunner in the Premier League away match at Stoke City on Sunday. Arsene Wenger has suggested that he might need a bit more training before he plays and even spoke about the need to get match fit.
But as a report in The Guardian reveals, one of Elneny’s main assets is his fitness as he is known for an incredible energy and work rate and that could be just what the Gunners need at the Britannia Stadium where we are always put under great pressure.
The player himself spoke about his early life in Egypt where his father starting coaching him at a very young age and where he used to play all day in the streets, something he believes may have helped him with the tireless style that he is known for today.
Our new Gunner said, “As a kid, I often played for 10 hours on the street. I think that’s when I learned to run and run without a break.”
In his early years at Basel Elneny was a very disciplined and unadventurous holding midfielder but he has come out of his shell in the last couple of years and has developed into an intelligent and accomplished passer who also has an eye for goal, with six already this season.
In Stoke though, it will be his energy and fighting qualities that we need and I would not be surprised to see him play. Bit should the boss risk him from the start?