Al Ahly Al Ittihad Al Masry Arab Contractors Gouna ENPPI Hodood Ismaily Petrojet Smouha Wadi Degla Zamalek Arsenal FC Basel Hull City AS Roma Lierse SK SC Braga Nacional Madeira Sporting Lisbon

Arsène Wenger to utilise Mohamed Elneny at centre back

Posted on July 27, 2017
Arsène Wenger to utilise Mohamed Elneny at centre back


Arsène Wenger believes could be used as a centre-back this season after impressing at his new position during the pre-season tour.

The Egyptian was impressive in the role of ‘ball-playing’ centre-back against Western Sydney Wanderers, Bayern Munich and Chelsea and his move could be permanent according to the French manager.

“Elneny is a player who has a fantastic mentality and attitude, and his main target is to help the team. When he plays there, of course he does extremely well,” Wenger told

“Of course [he needs to learn the defensive side], but I always felt that a good central midfielder can be a good centre back. With the fact of course that when you’re playing in the back four you have to be decisive in the challenges, you have a bit more flexibility in the middle of a back three. He can do that.”

“Overall on tour, I played players like Elneny in a back three and he coped very well. Maitland-Niles sometimes played at centre back as well, even in the big games against Chelsea.

“You see their strengths and their weaknesses, and you learn a lot about your players and your combinations too. The advantage we have is that we have a good stability in our squad, so I already know who I can combine with who, more or less,” he added.

Arsenal’s next pre-season games will be against Portugal’s Benfica and La Liga outfit Sevilla in the Emirates Cup on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 respectively.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *