Mohamed Elneny starred in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham (Picture: Getty)
Mohamed Elneny has thanked Mikel Arteta for resurrecting his Arsenal career after the Egypt midfielder was singled out for praise by his manager following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham.
The Egypt international joined the Gunners in January 2016 when Arteta was still a first team squad member at the Emirates Stadium, but his time in north London has largely been a frustrating one.
Indeed, Elneny spent last season on loan at Besiktas having been deemed surplus to requirements of Unai Emery, but has been handed an unlikely lifeline at the start of the new campaign.
The 28-year-old impressed in the Community Shield win over Liverpool a fortnight ago and with Arteta’s options in midfield limited, he kept his place against the Cottagers and his performance was described as phenomenal by his manager afterwards.
Reacting to the praise, Elneny said: ‘I feel really happy and I have to thank Mikel Arteta for giving me a chance to play.
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