Mohamed Elneny explains what helped him regain his confidence
Arsenal midfielder, Mohamed Elneny, explained the reasons behind his recent form and how his teammates and manager helped him regain his confidence.
Elneny spent the entirety of last year with Besiktas on loan and against all odds managed to earn his place in Mikel Arteta’s plans upon his return to North London.
The Egypt international produced a number of impressing displays with the Gunners and played an important role in their strong start to their Premier League campaign.
Before coming back Elneny revealed that he was unsure whether the new manager would give him a proper opportunity.
“Before I came to London, I didn’t speak to him and I was a bit…. not stressed, but just thinking about what would he like,” Elneny told Arsenal’s official website.
“When I sat with him, I said, ‘The way you train, the way you want to play is the way I love to play’ and really I love the way we train, the way he is assisting everything in the club now and it makes me excited to give 100 per cent for the team,” he added.
The 28-year-old then explained how his loan spell and Arsenal teammates helped him regain his form.
“Under Emery, I was not playing much, that is why you can lose your confidence and your feeling to play. That is why when I went to Besiktas, on a one-year loan, I played always and brought the confidence back, and when I came back here I saw everyone happy for me to come back,” he continued.
“Everyone was excited to see me back, and when I trained, everyone gave me good feedback, saying ’Mo, you did well’ and this makes you get your confidence back. I will build it and build it and every day I try to learn new things.
“Yes [I feel wanted], all the time, every day,” he added. “I think in any job if you wake up in the morning, try to learn new things and try to improve every day… this is what is always in my mind when I wake up. I have to go training, I need to improve myself in everything,” he concluded.
Despite his decent performances, Elneny’s starting place seems to be in doubt following the club’s €50m signing of Ghana’s Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
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