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Elneny: Being first Egyptian to play for Arsenal a great honor


Photo: Arsenal official website

After moving from Basel last week, talks about what life is like in London, and how Egyptians have the ability to succeed in England.

Speaking to Arsenals official website, Elneny talks about what he hopes to achieve in the English Premier league.

“I am very keen to work hard in the Premier League – that’s for my own reputation and Egypt’s reputation, and to show everyone that Egyptian players are capable of playing very well in the Premier League.

Elneny went on to comment on how anyone who signs for Arsenal should be proud to play for such a club.

“Every player would be so proud to play for Arsenal, if they were Egyptian or not Egyptian. Being the first Egyptian player to play for Arsenal is a great honor and that makes me very happy.”

Finally, the 23-year-old spoke about what life was like back home, and how supportive his parents were.

“My dad was a football coach back home in Egypt in my town, El-Mahalla,” he said.

“He has a big passion for football and he always made sure that I accompanied him at every match he had been to, and the training sessions as well. He always had the dream and loved to see me as a footballer.

“We would play in the hot weather for more than 10 hours sometimes. That is very normal in Egypt. I was the same as any Egyptian kid because we all have a very strong passion for football. We would head straight to the football grounds as soon as we left the classroom.

“My parents played a big role in creating this passion in me towards football and they encouraged me to play football. It is really nice and important to have such encouraging parents, I am really grateful to them,” Elneny continued.

“My mother, she would accompany me in every club I went to. Since I was born my parents wanted to see me as a footballer and they are behind this passion I have for football. I sensed their support at home. It’s really nice to see that they love your job or the job you love to do, and that really helped me a lot,” the midfielder concluded.

Arsenal play Chelsea next week in the Premiere league, where Mohamed Elneny is expected to make his debut after sitting on the bench during the Gunners’ goalless draw against Stoke City.



  1. Ibbe

    January 18, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Well its not completly true! Rami Shaaban the goalkeeper played for Arsenal and he is Swedish-Egyptian!

  2. Yehya Asker (@YehyaAsker)

    January 18, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    But Shaaban was never Egypt’s national team eligible because he “chose” to represent Sweden instead. As an Arsenal fan and as an Egyptian with dual citizenship, I can assure you that there is a big difference and Egyptian is the one who chooses to represent Egypt and proud of saying “I’m Egyptian”. If you have the chance to play for Egypt’s NT and you don’t then I’m sorry but you are NOT an Egyptian. Same goes to El-Shaarawy.

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