‘The reason why we won’, Arsenal coach Arteta gives credit to Egypt’s Elneny

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 21 Apr 2022

After beating Chelsea 4-2 away from home late on Wednesday, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta praised the performance of three members of his squad, including that of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny, saying “I think it’s the reason why we won.”

Arsenal s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny (L) and Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (L). (Photo : Arsenal official website)

“I’ve said it many times, it’s the way that they train,” Arteta told the post-game press conference.

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to minor side Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday before returning to winning ways, claiming a big victory over giants Chelsea.

“If you see the training session that we had on Sunday after the defeat, if you see Mo Elneny, Rob Holding, Nicolas Pepe, how they trained – I think it’s the reason why we won,” Arteta said.

The 29-year-old Elneny, who joined Arsenal from Swiss side Basel in January 2016, was close to joining Turkish giants Galatasaray last summer, but the English Premier League side refused the offer, according to Sky Sports.

The Egyptian international has made 141 appearances with Arsenal in all competitions since his arrival, scoring five goals and providing nine assists. He played only 11 games this term.

Arsenal are 5th on the English Premier League table with 57 points, sharing the same points with 4th placed Tottenham, as the two sides are in race to book a ticket to the next season UEFA Champions League.

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