Arsenal’s newest signing Mohamed Elneny believes he showed against Tottenham that he deserves a starting spot, and is delighted to have the faith of Arsene Wenger, as reported by the Express.
The Egyptian international made his first Premier League start against Tottenham in our 2-2 draw and was impressive throughout. He started in a midfield pair with Francis Coquelin, but when the Frenchman was sent off he was left in midfield alone. The 23-year-old showed he was capable of performing in the box-to-box role and as the dedicated defensive midfielder, and now believes he’s deserving of a regular starting spot.
“Arsene Wenger has confidence in my abilities and the abilities of all the players,” he told beIN Sports (via the Express).
“We had a good game against a strong opponent.
“I wanted to prove that I deserved a place in the starting line-up, and I think I earned my place today.”
With Francis Coquelin suspended, Elneny is likely to get another start against Hull City this Tuesday, and another chance to show Wenger what he’s capable of. The partnership of Coquelin and Elneny worked well, and the manager clearly wanted to experiment with it, as he pushed Aaron Ramsey out wide to accommodate all three. Coquelin and Ramsey haven’t really gelled as well as the Frenchman did with Santi Cazorla, so perhaps until the Spaniard is back Coquelin will be paired more regularly with Elneny.
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Either way, it’s excellent to have more options in midfield, and hopefully we get to see plenty more of Elneny this season. He’s already looking a real bargain, and although he wasn’t the marquee signing many wanted to see, he’s the signing we got this past January and he appears to be a good one.