Image: Arsenal star joins seven other PL stars on CAF award shortlist

Mohamed Elneny has been named on the shortlist of players nominated for the CAF Player of the Year award, with Liverpool pair Mo Salah and Sadio Mane the favourites for title.

The Gunners midfielder was unlucky not to lift the AFCON earlier in the year, when his Egypt side was defeated in the final on penalties by Sadio Maneโ€™s Senegal, with the Reds star scoring the winning penalty.

The forward could well be set to win the award ahead of his LFC team-mate prior to his move to Bayern Munich this summer, although other Senegalese stars such as Edouard Mendy of Chelsea could well enter the fray also.

I would be a little surprised if Elneny was to lift the award, but he did enjoy an impressive AFCON before returning to Arsenal with fine string of form, earning a new contract in north London in the process.


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  1. OH!!!! The irony of it is mind boggling.
    One of our players deemed not good enough and classified as “deadwood” and “dross” by some fans, gets a contract extension from Mikel and is nominated for CAF player of the year award.

    Well done MO you are a credit to your family, club and country – long may it continue.
    A real Gooner!!!

    1. Can anyone tell me why does it take arsenal 3 to 4 weeks to sign jesus and it takes spurs 3 days to sign richarlison

  2. I’ve seen Elneny play a lot of games for Arsenal and I don’t recollect ever coming away saying he was the worst of the worst.

    If this is the midfield options we have next season and by the looks of things it is, play Mo, move Partey forward in Xhakas position and Odegaard and Viera play it out between them. It can’t be any worst than what we have already witnessed?

    Anyway, I’m voting for the Egyptian Pirlo.

  3. I just think anyone who honestly thinks Arsenal can improve with such as Elneny the crab and Xhaka the brainless, at our club are… well you fill in the blanks!

    Cos I am not allowed to say them! In Elnenys case, SOME fans are confusing a good attitude with ability. They are two totally separate things though. REALITY!

    1. That like me saying
      Can you honestly see Arsenal improving with Arteta at the helm ?
      I get called negative and a non supporter but when you say the very same thing regarding a employee of the club thatโ€™s ok .
      Can you see where Iโ€™m coming from Jon

    2. Jon,

      I’m intrigued on where you keep saying ability… these are international players and one a captain. So surely they have sufficient pedigree to play for Arsenal?

      My actual question is though, if they are good for their country, why is it not working for Arsenal?

      Possibly tactics, but I’m not putting words in your mouth.

      (No emoji. JF don’t like emoji’s)

  4. But, of course, it was his ABILITY that made MA sign him for another year and also put him in line for the “CAF PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD” .

    As far as I am aware, there isn’t a “CAF GOOD ATTITUDE AWARD”….. but it’s good to know that, if there was one, he’d be in line for that as well!!

    Hope that clears up any confusion and that is the REALITY.

  5. I’m just fed up with the endless negativity towards players such as Elneny and Xhaka.
    Both have played under AW, UE and MA.
    Both have been awarded new contracts by MA.
    We are told we are negative if we question anything that Mikel does…. yet it’s fine to diss the very players he has backed with new and improved contracts!!!
    Talk about double standards.

    As Arsenal fans / supporters, we should be proud when any of our players are nominated for an award, not continue slating them at every opportunity. ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

    Sue has taught me how effective emojis can be.

    1. Elneny is a decent squad player but Xhaka I donโ€™t rate and never have. He is not the answer to take us forward in my opinion.

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