Mohamed Elneny is the oldest player on Arsenal’s books at the moment, having been signed by Arsene Wenger from Basel back in January 2016, and there is no doubt that he was fulfilling his dream when he came to the Gunners and has loved being here ever since.
Despite those 8 seasons at the Emirates, he has only actually started in 106 games, with another 48 substitute appearances, but he has never complained and has always been ready to play his part in cup games or when we have been decimated by injuries.
Last year was particularly hard for the Egyptian, as he had only made four starts before he was seriously laid out with a knee injury which kept him out for the rest of the season. At 30 years of age with his contract set to run out last summer, he honesly thought his career with the gunners was over, but then he was given a shock by Arteta and the management, when they offered him a yer extension to his deal while he recovered from his injuries.
He could not believe it and admits he was overjoyed. “It was one of the happiest days in my life,” Elneny said in an interview with the Standard. “The way they spoke to me, the way the entire club was happy about this decision, they made me cry this day.
“Arsenal football club, they know I love them 100 per cent, so much. They know I don’t want to leave. I want to stay and finish my career there, 100 per cent.
“I know I’m coming back from a long injury and this is what I’m doing in the training ground; fighting, fighting and fighting to come back and be in the starting XI.
“That’s why I’m giving 100 per cent every day to show I’m ready to play and then when I get the chance to play, I have to show I can still be there and give my everything to this club.”
I really hope that he will get some chances in cup games to show he still retains his talent, and as has always been known as one of the hardest workers in training, I have no doubt that he will get there.
I can’t really see him leaving Arsenal though, and perhaps he could be helping out with coaching the youngsters and teaching them how to be as professional as he is.
I know many fans think that he should never have been given a new deal, but isn’t that what we are proud to call “The Arsenal Way”?
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