The resurgence of Mohamed Elneny has gathered pace of late, with the Egyptian midfielder following up last weekend’s impressive display at Old Trafford with a late run-out from the bench to help shore up victory against Molde in the Europa League.
When Elneny was sent on loan to Besiktas last season, many Arsenal fans could have been forgiven for thinking his time in north London was up.
However, since replacing Unai Emery as manager, Mikel Arteta has welcomed the former Basel man back into the fold, handing him a first start in the Community Shield and keeping him around as both Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi were sent out on loan.
It’s not the first time an Arsenal player has dragged himself back from the brink, though, and we’ve looked at others who managed to work their way back into a manager’s thoughts… or return after a new manager was installed.
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Despite playing a big part in the Invincibles season, Lehmann found himself out of favour the following year as Arsene Wenger handed Manuel Almunia an extended run in the Arsenal first team.
Almunia played 10 straight league games between December 2004 and February 2005, as well as a Champions League outing against Rosenborg, prompting speculation that Lehmann could end up leaving at the end of the season.
However, after being handed a second chance by Wenger, the German didn’t let it slip, starring in the FA Cup final and having a stellar 2005/06 season as the Gunners reached the Champions League final off the back of a fantastic defensive record.
Coquelin’s loan move to Charlton Athletic in 2014 wasn’t the kind of switch that’s usually followed by a first-team return.
The French midfielder had spent the previous season with Freiburg, and a move from the Bundesliga to the Championship doesn’t scream ‘upward trajectory’.