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Wenger: Elneny can be a success, Egyptians should be proud
Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has talked about his new signing Mohamed Elneny and how he could be a success story for Egyptians to emulate.
In comments made to the club’s official website, Wenger has expressed his confidence in Elneny and his ability to succeed in England.
“Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad, first he has not come in straight to a big club, he had an intermediate stay in Europe so the adaptation is less of a question mark.
“He is 23 years old and has already got Champions League, Europa League and Swiss League experience. He is a player who is adaptable in midfield.”
Wenger has shown his faith in his new signing by declaring Elneny available for the Stoke clash on Sunday.
On Elneny’s attributes, the Arsenal manager has said: “He can be box to box and be a holding midfielder so that is for us very promising. We wanted a versatile player and I wanted a player who can play defensive but can as well play to box to box.
“His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.
“I bought Elneny because he can play with a defensive player and as well he can be the defensive player. Where will his ultimate strength be? I need to know more about him with daily contact to see how well he can win the ball in the Premier League. That will be decisive to transform him into a more defensive or much more of a box-to-box player.
“I expect him to develop into a very strong player because he has both sides of the game, he can defend and he can attack and that’s the way we want to play in midfield.”
On what challenges await Elneny in England, Arsène said: “Where he needs to adapt is to the challenges, the force needed in the Premier League to survive. I think that could demand a little bit of adaptation. But overall I think he has all the attributes to do well.”
Wenger also talked about Elneny’s hardwork and determination to reach that level and earn a move to the Premier League. After starting in Arab Contractors, the 23 year old spent three years with Basel before joining Arsenal on Thursday.
The French manager thinks that Elneny’s journey should motivate Egyptian players to try and follow the same path.
“I think the Egyptian fans should be proud of Elneny first because, through his quality and his work, his dedication, he managed to get a transfer like this,” the manager said.
“On our side I think we have shown once again that no matter where you come from, if we think you are good enough, you get a chance, and that’s what we did with Elneny.”