“An extraordinary player and an extraordinary person” Emery hails out-of-favour Arsenal man

Unai Emery has spoken highly of Mohamed Elneny while praising some Arsenal players.

The Spaniard was the first Arsenal manager after the two decades reign of Arsene Wenger.

He replaced the Frenchman in 2018 and was at the helm between then and the halfway point of the 2019/2020 season.

He was replaced by Mikel Arteta even though he had helped the club to reach the final of the Europa League in 2019.

He is working the same magic at Villarreal and has managed them to the semi-final of this season’s competition where they will face Arsenal.

The first leg is on Thursday and he was speaking ahead of the game and praised some Arsenal players including Elneny whom he says is an extraordinary person and player.

“Many of the players I coached are still there. I have fond memories of them: Hector Bellerin, [Calum] Chambers, [Rob] Holding: exceptional guys; [Mohamed] Elneny, who is an extraordinary player and an extraordinary person,” Emery said to UEFA.

Elneny has enjoyed little action in recent weeks and his future at the club remains unclear.

He would obviously be keen to face his former boss on Thursday but that is unlikely.

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  1. A trick. Don’t fall for that, don’t play Elneny. What Emmer wants is an avenue through Arsenal defence. Do not play that man, better still sell him. The only issue no one want to buy him so give him them for free.

    1. Before he went on loan to Turkey Rodgers wanted to buy him and did bid 12M but Arsenal didn’t want to sell to Leicester!

  2. So that’s UE, AW and MA who all see something in the player that a section of our fan’s don’t – funny old game!!!

  3. OT. Bayern have signed Julian Nagelsmann from July on a 5 year contract. They obviously see great potential there, not really surprising though.

    1. I think that might just have scuppered Daniel Levi’s plans Andrew…. couldn’t have happened to a nicer man/club.
      Love the thought of Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira back at the club, what’s your thoughts on that unlikely scenario?

      1. Would love to see them back at Arsenal in some capacity. For all the Kroenke’s faults, at least they did something right in bringing Edu back. More please!

    2. That’s exactly who we should have targeted after Emery was shown the door…even if things continue to go sideways and Arteta wears out his welcome, the list of plausible replacements is getting very lean…I only have two guys left on my list of desirable managers, ten Hag and Gasperini, and the former is supposedly on the Spur’s radar…that said, I also wouldn’t object to reuniting Bergkamp and Overmars at the Emirates, as I believe the Ajax model could work in North London

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