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Mohamed Elneny: I still need to learn
Egyptian midfelder Mohamed Elneny has spoken to ‘Arsenal Player’ about his time with the Gunners comparing his move to Arsenal as staring from scratch.
After joining the Gunners in January, the Egyptian midfielder had made two appearances with the club in the FA cup before making his debut in the league in Arsenal’s 3-2 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.
“Of course each period is unique and needs its own experience, but when I joined Arsenal I felt like I’m starting over,” Elneny told Arsenal Playerlayer.
“I am playing at the best club in the world, but I still need to learn from the players here. I have to know the way they move, see things and think about them, I hope to learn such experience from them,” Elneny added.
The 23-year-old midfielder believs that his time at FC Basel helped him to develop and make him believe that he is at the same standard as the players he used to watch at the TV.
“When we were young in Egypt, we used to watch Arsenal, Chelsea , Real Madrid and suddenly I found myself playing against them with FC Basel,” Elneny revealed.
“In my first season with Basel, I faced Zenit and Tottenham, teams we only used to watch on TV. We knocked Spurs out of the Europa League and played in the semi-finals.
“Last season we faced Real Madrid and managed to beat Liverpool to qualify to the next round. Once you begin knocking out the teams you used to watch on TV, your dreams start to grow and you begin to realize that they are just players like you and you are at the same standard,” Elneney concluded.