Olivier Giroud has already given Arsenal’s new signing Mohamed Elneny a ringing endorsement, tagging his new teammate as “a complete player”.
Elneny finally completed his move to the Emirates from Swiss club FC Basel on few days ago and has already managed to make a good impression in training, according to the in-from French attacker.
“I’ve trained with him and he’s a good player, very talented but, first of all, he is a good guy – I think he will settle well into the team,” Giroud said in an interview on the Arsenal website.
“I think he’s basically a box-to-box midfielder, so he can attack and defend, run a lot and has good power and technique. He is quite a complete player.
The Egyptian midfielder is expected to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday’s trip to Stoke and Giroud is already guiding him to adapt to the Premier League live as soon as possible.
“It always takes a time to adapt to English football because there is a lot of intensity, it is very physical and even tactically [you must get used to it] – but I think Premier League football will suit him well.”
After securing his long-awaited move to the Emirates this week, Elneny was energetic when speaking spoke about his delight at joining Arsene Wenger’s side.
“It is an indescribable feeling, I am really glad of course,” he said.
“Arsenal is one of the world’s greatest teams, and I am very keen to participate positively with my new team, God willing, and to give my best for the team and for myself.
“Arsenal is one of those teams that everyone enjoys watching and, of course, I would love to play for such a great team.
“Mr Wenger is a highly respected manager and one of the world’s best managers. It is my honour to be trained under his management.
“It is one the biggest clubs in the world; I know everything about it and its players.”
Wenger wants to use Elneny as Francis Coquelin’s replacement until the Frenchman returns from injury. But it will be interesting to see when Coquelin returns how the battle for the first team shirt will continue between these two players. In the absence of Coquelin, Flamini has so far done a decent job, but it is widely accepted that he is not the man to go for in the long run if Arsenal actually wants to win the league title.
The former Al Ahly man Elneny has certainly established himself at Basel quite impressively during his three seasons at the Swiss club, picking up three consecutive Swiss Super League titles along the way.
This deal happens to be possibly the only first team signing Arsene Wenger will make in January, with the Frenchman wants to wait until the summer to bring in his other major targets.
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