January signing Mohamed Elneny has picked up the Vitality Player of the Month for April, having won the same award in March also.
The Eqyptian star seems to have hit the ground running in an Arsenal shirt, having only joined this winter. Elneny has started every match since February 5, and looks very comfortable playing with his new team.
The midfielder is only the fifth different player to pick up a monthly award from Arsenal this term, with Mesut Ozil (x4), Theo Walcott, Petr Cech and his partner-in-crime Coquelin receiving one also.
Alexis Sanchez scored five goals this month, but was overlooked in favour of Elneny, and Iwobi was also in the running for the award, but the former Basel man looks to be becoming a fans favourite.
Voting for the player of the month awards happens through the official Arsenal site, and Elneny picked up just over 40% of the total votes, while Sanchez could only manage 32.3% and Iwobi 16.3%.
This leads me to believe that Elneny may be outshining fellow season debutants Petr Cech and Iwobi.
Which new player is your favourite?
- Mohamed Elneny (64%, 199 Votes)
- Alex Iwobi (19%, 58 Votes)
- Petr Cech (17%, 54 Votes)
Total Voters: 311
The Egyptian looks a great signing regardless, and it will be interesting to see just how good he can be next season after he is settled in properly.
At only 23 years-of-age, he could have a long and bright future with Arsenal Football Club.
Can Coq and Elneny form a long-term formidable partnership at the base of the midfield?
At least someone in the Arsenal team got a medal in May
Love the hustle and positional awareness. Hate the pointless slow sideways passes.
Iwobi has scored a few times and created a few goals. Great return for limited minutes.
Both are solid overall.
Would love to see more of Campbell!
Congrats to Him……..but on the Arsenal front, it’s still gLoomy!
important award, esp since arsenal wont be challenging for any special honours any time soon
Our best player by a mile
Am sorry i clicked a wrong button……i like your coment Ramarta
The major difference Elneny has brought to the Arsenal Team is the fact that he is technically sound. He doesn’t lose the ball (like Ramsey) and he keeps every player in the game. I think Arsenal lose the title when we lost the midfield and Ramsey is the culprit. Every time Ramsey lose the ball in the middle of the field it put the whole team under pressure. It was interesting to read him saying that Wenger told him to shoot less. Oh Wenger, Wenger can’t you see that Elneny gives you another option as Arsenal doesn’t score any goals from outside the 18. So when a team is stacked up to defend, defend you look so clueless as you have told your players not to shoot from outside. Pathetic!
Mikeyrick you are right Arsenal lose the title because they could not control the ball, they could not control the midfield. But however, I dont think Ramsey is the main culprit, because that problem stated at the begining of 2015 when Coquelin replace Arteta as defensive midfielder Arsenal overall football change from posssession dominance to a sporadic countering style game.
The mistake Mr Wenger made was to replace Arteta with Coquelin and later Flamini who in my opinion are just tacklers. Arsenal never lose their shape and midfield battle with Arteta on the pitch. Therefore, you could replace Arteta with El Neny but not with Coquelin or Flamini. But suprisingly, most of Arsenal fans dont see it that way they think Arsenal need better players.
The amazing thing with Elneny is how quickly he seems to have adapted to the PL! He seems a real work-horse and a Kante-esque player (by that I mean a high work-rate, team player who does the dirty work and keeps the team ticking over.)
Everytime he plays, his passing accuracy is around 94% on average. He doesn’t get tackled many times either. Most consistent player in passing and composed on the ball. Now if Wenger didn’t tell him to stop shooting maybe he would’ve had atleast 2 more goals to his tally by now to add to the one against Barcelona.
For me he has cemented his place for next season as the CMF.
Zit will take him zome time to adjust to ze power side of our game here, but ze intelligence, ze mobility and ze technical level are good. Zometimes we forget that he is only 23 yearz old. He has cohezion and ze ability to take ze team to Dr end – is what Wenger would say.
I say elneny is poised for big things. Question is, can arsenal offer him that?
El neny overall game and mindset is very similar to Arteta. El neny plays the defensive role all over the pitch, he tend to follow the ball in a defensive position by continuosly running into space that allow him many touches of the ball and control of the flow of arsenal game, and gives him a high pass completion ratio.
Arsenal overall possession percentage has increase considerably with the introduction of El Neny. When Arsenal moves up the pitch in the opposition box and loses the ball, because El Neny always hold a defensive position close to the ball allows him the time to divert the attack or win the ball back quickly.
Arsenal have not lost their shape lately and teams found it difficult to reap through their midfield like they used to do when Flamini and Coquelin played. Both Flamini and Coquelin too many times sit too deep allowing the opposition time and space to run at them with pace giving themself no other options than to foul players and pick up yellow card.
Therefore, Elneny as defensive midfielder, Chambers can also grow into that role similar to El Neny. I don’t see any future at Arsenal for Coquelin.
Wonderful player. He will surely stand out next season. He got off to a slow start but his quality is shining through now and he will be a key asset next season. Not enough of our players are consistent so im hoping Elneny can buck that trend.