The Emergence Of Mohammed Elneny! by AT
Despite a rather unconvincing performance at home to Hull City in the FA Cup, there was indeed a huge positive for Arsenal going into the business end of the season. The Gunners’ January signing Mohammed Elneny put in a brilliant performance as the Gunners strived to breach the resilient Tigers defence in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Simply put, the Egyptian international was everywhere, displaying an ability to orchestrate attacks from a deep-lying position in midfield, and also acting swiftly to cut out opposition attacks. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his game was his willingness to get forward and join the attack. The former Basel man ran down the flanks, got himself in great positions around the box and showed that he’s not shy to have a shot on goal.
For me, it’s only a matter of time before Mohammed Elneny has his big breakthrough in English football. The player simply has everything it takes and while we may have to wait till next season to see him getting regular first-team action, I firmly believe that he can contribute significantly towards the remainder of the current campaign as well.
With Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere still on the sidelines and Mathieu Flamini coming towards the end of his Arsenal career, the 23-year-old midfielder is perhaps the first standby option to the Gunners’ central midfield pair of Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin. Considering Arsenal’s tight schedule, the duo are not going to play every game and with a few more performances like the one against Hull, Mohammed Elneny may well rise above the pecking order in central midfield before the start of next season.