Friday, January 15, 2016

Arsenal sign Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel

Arsenal have completed their first signing of the January transfer window with the transfer of Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel. 23-year-old footballer remained with the Swiss club for three years. He appeared in 91 league matches and helped FC Basel 1893 in winning three consecutive Swiss Super League titles. He has made 28 appearances for Basel in the first half of this season and has scored seven goals.

Egyptian international Mohamed ElNeny performed well in the 2013-14 Champions League and played part in Basel's win over Chelsea. He also displayed good Soccer skills for Fussball Club Basel 1893 in Europa League. Elneny will become the ninth Egyptian to participate in the Barclays Premier League. He is eligible to play in 2015-16 season of UCL.

Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger announced the signing of Elneny after Wednesday night's 3-3 draw against Liverpool. The match's outcome kept Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference.



Arsène Wenger is hopeful that Mohamed Elneny has the qualities needed for success in England and the league competitions.
"Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad. First he has not come in straight to a big club, he had an intermediate stay in Europe so the adaptation is less of a question mark. He is 23 years old and has already got Champions League, Europa League and Swiss League experience. He is a player who is adaptable in midfield. His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level."

Mohamed Elneny will boost choices of Arsenal Football Club in the defensive midfield. He expressed his pleasure at joining The Gunners.
"It is an indescribable feeling, I am really glad of course. 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."

Elneny elaborated that he is aware of the fact that he will have to work hard to win the love of the Arsenal fans. He vowed to connect with the supporters at the Emirates Stadium.
"It is one the biggest clubs in the world, I know everything about it and its players. I would like to tell [the fans] that, although you have not seen much of me, I promise I will contribute positively with the team. I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League as well."



Sources:
Mohamed Elneny joins Arsenal
Wenger: Why Elneny can be a success
Elneny: This is an indescribable feeling