Arsenal’s ever-changing midfield has been one of the talking points of the English Premier League season after season, but we’ve recently seen a new partnership, and Mathieu Flamini claims he enjoyed playing beside the newest Gunner at the club, Mohamed Elneny (via Arsenal.com).
Flamini has been the man in the middle for Arsenal for a large part of the campaign – much to the fan’s dismay – with the Frenchman filling in during the absence of first choice pair Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin. He was also there for Arsenal’s 5th round FA Cup tie with Hull City, with his partner on the day being Arsenal’s January signing, Mohamed Elneny.
Arsenal fans must be wondering what sort of response Elneny has received from his teammates and from Flamini’s comments after the game it seems that the Egyptian is well settled at the Emirates.
“I think they both played very well,” he said of Elneny and fellow midfielder Alex Iwobi.
“They were very good in their positions, very good technically and also in transition [both] defensively and offensively. It was a good partnership and I enjoyed it but we have to continue now.
“”It was a very, very frustrating game. We had the opportunity a few times to close the game and win it.”
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Arsenal fans must be enthused by Elneny’s displays in the few appearances that he has had for the team. He seems to be a conscientious passer of the ball and looks to make a safe pass every time, but it was good to see that he played a couple of long balls and incisive passes in the final third, the pick of which was to find Theo Walcott on the edge of the opposition penalty area.
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Such praise from an experienced colleague will go a long way toward boosting the Egyptian’s confidence and much more is certainly expected of him. Hopefully we’ll see him partnering the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, or Santi Cazorla in the future though, rather than seeing Mathieu Flamini continue in the side.