Arsenal have announced that Mohamed Elneny has signed a long-term contract.
The Egyptian was seen as a panic buy with low potential when he first signed for the Gunners back in January of 2016. And though that seemed to be the case initially, Elneny has proven to be Arsene Wenger’s most reliable midfield backup this season.
The holding midfielder has made 65 appearances for the Londoners, and the best of them were over the course of this campaign, as he displayed admirable performances against Watford at the Emirates and Chelsea in the EFL Cup and Community Shield.
Moreover, the Egyptian international’s ability to shift from a holding midfield role to a fifth CB in Arsenal’s back-four has been something the French gaffer has exploited well recently.
Further, the former Basel man has also been a key figure in his country’s return to the World Cup since 1990.
Meanwhile, the Emirates faithful seem to be happy with the announcement due to the midfielder’s reliability. And so is the 25-year-old himself, as he announced something is brewing 20 minutes before the official announcement via Twitter:
Good news Soon… 👀😉
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) March 26, 2018
See the official statement here:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 26, 2018
Though the contract is only described as a ‘long-term’ contract, the period of its validity is said to be till the year 2022; 4 Mo’ years.