Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described his Egyptian player Mohamed Elneny as a “big advert” for the north African country.
Although most football fans may not know much about the young and talented midfielder, Wenger believes his decision to bring this youngster to the English Premier League about one year ago wasn’t a mistake.
The 24-year-old former Al Ahly player has impressed his boss both off and on the pitch.
Wenger heaped praise on Elneny during a recent interview with Arsenal Player.
“I’m very delighted with Elneny,” the French manager said.
“First of all he’s a guy who contributes a lot to the collective quality of the team.
“He defends well, he attacks well and he’s a continuity player who puts oil in the engine. He’s a pleasure to work with on a daily basis,” Wenger added.
“He’s a big advert for Egypt because he’s humble, he’s willing to do well, he has a helpful attitude… he’s a fantastic boy and a great asset for us.”
The Egyptian footballer started his career with El Mokawloon and was later transferred to Basel in January 2013.
He has won several honors at his age. The 24-year-old player grabbed 8 trophies with Basel, including their back-to-back victories in the Swiss Super League for four consecutive seasons.
Bob Bradley, the former US national team coach who also spent a short time with Swansea in the Premier League, has something nice to say about the Gunner.
“He is a great example of hard work and humility. He continued to improve at Basel and has earned the opportunity at Arsenal. I know he will continue to rise,” the American told an Egyptian football website KingFut.