• Date of birth :11/07/1992
  • Age :26
  • Weight :77.00 kg
  • Height :1.80 m
  • Team :Egypt
  • Position :Midfielder
  • Club :Arsenal

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Elneny is an indispensible player of Egypt's starting line-up under coach Hector Cuper, thanks to his impressive work rate and commitment in the heart of midfield.

The 26-year-old made a stunning progress, having moved to English Premier League side Arsenal in January 2016 after proving his worth with Swiss side Basel, whom he joined from Egypt's Arab Contractors three years earlier.

Elneny was described as an "intelligent, humble, great-learner and ambitious player" by former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.

Although he has mainly played as a substitute with the Gunners this term, making just 13 league appearances, his place in Egypt's starting line-up is guaranteed.

He has developed into an all-round box-to-box midfielder, notably improving his awareness, vision and experience.

His tale of success is always cited as an example for younger generations by Egyptian media. An advertising campaign once described him as a hero who had motivated all Egyptians.

Elneny believes Egypt have a good chance to advance to the World Cup knockout stage.

"We will be eleven commandos in the tournament and we are determined to go far in the World Cup," he said.

Elneny, who signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal in April, made his debut with Egypt in a Nations Cup qualifier in 2011 and he went on to make 61 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.