Egypt's 2019 AFCON player profiles: Arsenal struggles no worry for Elneny

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Jun 2019,
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Elneny

Despite his limited playing time at Arsenal, Mohamed Elneny remains a key player in Egypt's starting line-up, thanks to his impressive work rate and commitment in the heart of midfield.

He is expected to partner Tarek Hamed in a familiar central midfield, although he could be given a more advanced role than the one assigned to him by former Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who was constantly criticised for being overly-cautious.

Elneny only made 17 appearances with Arsenal in all competitions last season, providing one assist, amid reports linking him with a move away from the Gunners in the summer.

The 26-year-old made his debut with Egypt in a Nations Cup qualifier in 2011 and he went on to make 70 international appearances, an impressive record given his age.

With Egypt having failed to qualify for the Nations Cup three times in a row, the 2017 Gabon finals was Elneny's first major tournament with the Pharaohs. He played a vital role in helping the team reach the final in early 2017, scoring in the 2-1 final defeat by eventual champions Cameroon.

He was also ever-present in Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign as they topped their group to end a 28-year wait for an appearance in football's most prestigious tournament. He also featured in the three group-stage matches at the World Cup, which Egypt lost to Uruguay, hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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