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Abou-Treika praises Elneny’s ‘fantastic’ performance against Chelsea


Photo: Abou-Treika’s Instagram account

Egyptian football legend has praised his compatriot after winning the 2017 FA Community Shield with .

Elneny helped The Gunners win their first trophy of the season after a 4-1 win over Chelsea on penalties on Sunday. Following the game, the Egypt international dismissed claims he could be leaving Arsenal this summer.

This comes after several reports have suggested that Arsenal are willing to offload Elneny during the current transfer window, with Turkish media reporting that Galatasaray are interested in signing the 25-year-old Egyptian midfielder on loan.

The Sun also reported that Elneny rejected a £10m move to Leicester City following an agreement between both clubs, claiming that the Egypt international opted to stay in London and fight for a starting spot at Arsenal.

Following Arsenal’s Community Shield win, Elneny, who came close to scoring around the one-hour mark, said that he wanted to prove he “deserved to play for a big team like Arsenal”. He produced an excellent overall performance on Sunday that drew praise from retired football star Abou-Treika.

“Elneny produced a fantastic performance,” Treika told beIN Sports satellite channel after the game.

“Announcing that he’ll stay with Arsenal is good. He proved he could compete for a regular spot in the squad.

“Arsene Wenger loves players who carry out his instructions and Elneny played as a centre-back and as a midfielder and this is definitely a positive thing for Wenger,” the former Al Ahly player added.

The French manager has moved Elneny out of his usual central midfield role in pre-season and utilised him at centre-back during the team’s recent friendlies.

Elneny, who joined Arsenal from Basel in January 2016, made a total of 41 appearances across all competitions for The Gunners and scored one goal.

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