Elneny talks playing under Arteta, losing confidence because of Emery
Elneny spent the totality of the 2019/2020 season with Turkish giants Besiktas on loan from Arsenal.
The 28-year-old became a crucial player for the Black and Whites, making a total of 36 appearances across all competitions, while helping them finish third on the league table.
The former Basel man wasn’t playing much under former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, and a permanent move to Besiktas was seemingly on the brink of taking place.
However, he managed to convince Mikel Arteta of his abilities and became an integral part of the Spaniards’ plans.
“Before, of course, I played with him [Mikel Arteta]. We played together here. Before I came from the loan, I didn’t speak to him, and I was a bit, not stressed, but thinking what he would like,” Elneny said.
“And after, when I sat with him [Arteta], and I told him the way you train with us and the way you want to play is the way I love to play.
“And I really love the way we train, the system, everything in the club now. It’s really good and makes me excited to give 100 per cent and to be in the team,” the Egyptian added.
Elneny then explained how getting more playing time in Turkey helped boost his confidence and cemented a spot among the Gunners squad.
“Before with Emery, I wasn’t playing much, that’s why you can lose your confidence, and you can lose your feeling to play,” he continued.
“But when I went to Besiktas for one year on loan, I played always, and it brought my confidence back.
“And when I come here I see everyone happy for me to come back and everyone just excited to see me back and train.
“Everyone just gave me good feedback like: “Mo you’ve done well”. You get the confidence back, and I will build it and build it, and every day I try to learn new things,” he concluded.
Despite a decent start to the season, Elneny’s playing time has diminished remarkably since the start of 2021, with his last start coming on the 29th of December 2020.
Since then, he made just two shy substitute appearances in their wins over Newcastle United and Southampton.
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