The transfer window has been slow and laid back especially at the Arsenal backyard, and it only saw the coming in of Elneny and the exit of two players out on loan.Yaya Sanogo has joined yet again Charlton FC in pursuit of more regular football just days after his birthday.Mathieu Debuchy has also gone on loan to Bordeaux but is said to be back in the summer; this comes at a time when Hector Bellerin is enjoying significant first team action hence keeping Debuchy on the sidelines for the most part of half of the season.The campaign begins yet again and my primary focus today will be on the only player that Wenger has signed in this window after failing to sign some other great footballers.
So who is Mohammed Elneny?
His full name to start with is a real tongue twister, and the place of his birth alone is another bigger one, so let’s just say he was born in Egypt and is now 23 years of age and he stands at 5ft 11ins tall.He plays at the central midfield position and is known to complete some stunning goals at certain times.He is not a pure holding midfielder, but he did an excellent job during his FA debut.One thing that stands out about his time at Basel is that he was a good and proven winner, he helped Basel win the league in all of the three times that he was there, and that is great class indeed. During the 2012-2013, he helped FC Basel reach the Europa Cup semi-finals only for them to lose to Chelsea.
Elneny had a textbook box-to-box midfield debut: he was always available for the pass, he passed the ball exceptionally well, and supported the forwards in the attack. He also tracked back and made timely tackles and interceptions when needed. He will need to gain some confidence (I don’t think he needs to bulk up) and learn how English teams use their body in midfield, but that is something that will come with time. Apart from that an excellent debut from the new signing.
The only thing left is to him to adapt fully to the English style of football.Elneny completed the full 90 minutes during his FA debut and even though Wenger insists that he was good infield he needs to up his game as far as English physical football is concerned.Wenger stated that he started out playing in a secure way and was doing great during the entire game, his overall contribution showed that he has already learned a thing or two his improvement will be one thing that everyone will be looking forward to.
We are facing the Saints tonight on a clash in which Wenger is going to try to switch things and make stuff right correct this time after the 4-0 defeat on Boxing day. Home advantage may come into play during tonight’s game, and since Arsenal are three points behind league leaders, it will be significant to win this game and get back to winning ways after a home defeat to Chelsea.
That’s it for today!