The Egyptian midfielder Mohammed Elneny arrived at Arsenal three years ago for a reported sum of just 5m GBP, and had a very good record with Basel and his international side, but it was always going to be a big ask for him to supplant some of our more successful and decorated midfielders. But he is definitely a trier and always gives his all when he gets a chance to wear the Red and White, and has been a good squad player despite his lack of opportunities. He has never played much in the League even under Wenger with an average of 13 games per year, but has played just as many in the Cup games when we wanted to rest our stars.
He has never complained, and his respectful tweets when reaching his three year anniversary at the club should not have been twisted into a desperate attempt to prove that he is going to be sold (or loaned) this month. These are the tweets in question…..
and the many happy ones.. I’m grateful for the one of a kind fans, for the coaches, for the colleagues who became real brothers, for everyone.. I’m grateful for the past and I’m very much looking forward to the future..♥️ pic.twitter.com/T1wHR5LExJ
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) January 14, 2019
I personally can see no reason to take this as any sign he is leaving, but instead he is showing how much he loves Arsenal and how happy he is to be here. For certain sections of the media to twist it into a goodbye note is just simply rumour-mongering as they have nothing else to say about Arsenal at the moment. There is nothing ‘cryptic’ in that message at all.
Yes he has not played much so far under Emery, but has played five times in the cups so far and is an able body to cover for injuries and suspensions when needed, and will continue to do so for many more years I hope. He may not be one of our expensive superstars but his loyalty and value to the club should be acknowledged by us all.
Mo is not going anywhere I assure you…