Arsene Wenger discusses new Arsenal signing

Arsene Wenger discusses Arsenal's signing of Mohamed Elneny ahead of the midfielder's debut for the club

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Arsene Wenger believes that Mohamed Elneny is on course to adapt quickly to the rigours of English football following his transfer to Arsenal this month.

The Egypt international joined the Gunners from FC Basel earlier this month as Wenger looked to bolster his midfield options following injuries to the likes of Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.

Elneny could be set to make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt when the Gunners host Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

And Arsenal boss Wenger believes that it will not take the midfielder long to adapt to life in England ahead of his debut for the north London side.

Wenger told a news conference on Friday morning: “He’s not a monster. Typically Middle Eastern people are very [wiry] with a big stamina and very agile.

“Sometimes they lack a bit of power, so he’s not a powerhouse, he’s more of a mobility player. That’s why I think he can suit our game.
“Winning the ball is not only down to power, it’s about switching on at the right moment. It’s a technique.

“You have players who are muscular and they lose fights against small players who are very slim because the smaller players are able to switch on at the right moment.

“It’s a real technique to know when to switch on. I remember small defensive midfielders who were unbelievable defensively. They had that kind of technique.

“He’s 23 years old, he played for three years in Basel, won three championships in Switzerland, played against English teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

“The next step is a big one for him because to come out of Switzerland and get to the Premier League is not easy but it’s the right age for him.”

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