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Arteta heaps praise on ‘phenomenal’ Mohamed Elneny

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manager, , has heaped praise on Egypt international following his performance in their opener.

Arsenal visited newly-promoted Fulham in the opening game of the 2019/2020 Premier League season.

The Gunners dominated the course of the game and managed to convincingly beat their opponents 3-0, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Gabriel Magalhães.

Elneny continued his brilliant form during his first Premier League minutes in over a year as he made two key contributions to two of his side’s goals.

Arteta made sure to applaud his player’s mentality as well as his performances following the encounter.

“Mo Elneny I think he was brilliant today again. All the boys they try really hard and the ones that came on have to push these guys again and we’ll keep going,” Arteta said in a post-match interview.

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“Mo has been excellent since day one in training, he’s a player that I know really well because we played together as well.

“I know what he can give us and how willing he is to improve and I think today he was phenomenal,” he added.

Elneny was expected to leave North London since his return from his loan spell with Besiktas as he was originally not among Mikel Arteta’s plans for the new season.

READ: Besiktas coach sorry for Elneny’s departure

However, it seems that the 28-year-old managed to convince the coaching staff that he deserves a spot within the squad and should be part of the club’s ambitious project.

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Arteta then gave updates regarding Aubameyang’s contract and revealed if we should expect the Gabon international to extend it.

“I’m really positive we’re going to get it done very soon and hopefully in the next few days you can get some news,” he concluded.

Arsenal couldn’t have asked for a better start to their domestic campaign and will hope to keep the momentum up when they host West Ham United next week.

After the Fulham appearance, Elneny now need to feature in nine more games for the Gunners to complete 100 games for the London based side.

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