Elneny: I am happy at Arsenal, Egypt have good chance in World Cup
Mohamed Elneny has played down the possibility of leaving Premier League outfit Arsenal in the near future to play in La Liga, pointing out that differences between Hector Cuper and Arsene Wenger lie in their demands.
Elneny has been a vital player for the Gunners’ lineup in the recent months, helping the team make the Europa League semifinal where they were drawn against Atletico Madrid, before he got hit with an unfortunate injury which will prevent him from taking part in the final month of the season.
Atlético are a solid team and under Simeone always play with great determination. We’ve seen the quality of the side in both the Spanish league and their performances in the Champions League,” Elneny told AS.
“Arsenal are a fine team too, the game will be treated like a final as all games are as all the sides we come across in this competition are very solid. My best moment is the time I scored against Barça with Ter Stegen in goal for the Catalan side during a Champions League game. It’s no easy feat to put one past Barcelona as they’re one of the best teams in world football so netting against them was a special moment.”
The 25-year-old midfielder was rewarded for his quality displays with Arsenal and got his deal with the club extended until 2023.
“The Spanish league is an interesting one and the style of play is advanced in both technical and tactical terms with plenty of strong teams. But at present I’m happy at Arsenal and have no plans to leave as I enjoy the Premier League and plan to stay with Arsenal until I’m captain of the side.”
“Both [Wenger and Cuper] are a great help and the differences lies in their demands from me in a game. The style of football at Arsenal is totally different to that of the national team and I have to adapt to each one. Both coaches are very caring and always show an interest in the player.”
Egypt will compete with Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A of the 2018 World Cup and Elneny is considered one of the indispensable pillars under Cuper.
“We’re all in with a good chance as I’d say no one team is better than the other in the group with all fours teams having a strong chance of advancing to the round of 16.”
” The best prepared side will be the one who makes it through. We’ll certainly be eleven gladiators on the field and aim to go as far as we can.”
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