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Egypt's Elneny to make debut with Arsenal in FA Cup

Arsenal manager praised Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Burnley at 17:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2)

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Jan 2016
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Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be part of Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Burnley, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger announced on Friday.

The 23-year-old midfielder sealed a dream January move to Arsenal from Swiss side Basel but hasn’t yet made his debut with the English Premier League title contender, after sitting on the bench for the past two games.

Arsenal will face Burnley in the 32nd round of the English FA Cup at 17:00 Cairo local time on Saturday.

"There is a possibility that Elneny will start," Wenger said at a press conference on Friday.

"I will look at him tomorrow," he added.

The Frenchman, Wenger, described how to make use of the services of Elneny during the Burnley game.

"He is naturally a box to box player who is a bit more defensive minded than your usual box to box midfielder so he can play in several positions in front of the defensive, or go box to box,"

"He has good technique, good vision, and is very mobile and agile," the Arsenal manager concluded about Elneny.

Elneny is a product of the youth academy of Cairo giants Ahly but made his name with fellow Egyptian club Arab Contractors. He has produced some superb displays this season, scoring six goals in all competitions with Basel - two in the Swiss league, two in the Europa League and two in the Swiss Cup.

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