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OFFICIAL: Mohamed Elneny signs new long-term Arsenal contract

Egypt international has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the English side have confirmed on Monday.

The 25-year-old was linked with an exit from the club during the summer window, but after Francis Coquelin’s January departure, the Egyptian has had a bigger role to play.

And Reports in recent weeks had hinted that the club might offer the Egyptian a new contract after his impressive performances earned him many plaudits, espcially from Egyptian legend Mohamed Aboutrika.

The club did not offer details of the new agreement, as the Egyptian’s original contract with the club was due to run out in June 2020.

Elneny began his footballing career at Egyptian Premier League giants Al Ahly, before joining Arab Contractors in 2008, where he spent around five years.

He then moved to Swiss side FC Basel alongside Mohamed Salah in 2013, making over 150 appearances for the Swiss giants, winning the league title four times.

He caught the eyes of Arsene Wenger, who decided to sign him in January 2016, but the Egyptian struggled to nail down a starting place, which prompted talk of a possible departure, with Leicester City showing interest in signing him.

However this season he has made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring once and assisting twice, winning the club’s Player of the Month award for January.

Mohamed Elneny

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He played all of Arsenal’s games in the Europa League this season, helping them reach the quarter-finals, where they will face Russian side PFC CSKA Moscow.

The former Arab Contractors midfielder will have a fight on his hands to get more playing minutes, especially with Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles being in great form.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League with 48 points, 12 away from the fourth place and their next game will be against Stoke City on Sunday, April 1 at the Emirates.

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