Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the Egyptian Midfielder for his immense contribution to Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Mohamed Elneny replaced the injured Thomas Partey in the Arsenal starting eleven to face Chelsea. The 29 years old put on an impressive performance to ensure Arsenal move a point level with Tottenham.
What did Arteta say?
Mikel Arteta spoke highly of the Egyptian Midfielder in his pre-match press conference on Friday, saying: I have always said that for me he’s one of the most important players in the squad.
‘For what he does when you give him the chance to play and for the things that he does when he doesn’t play.
‘He’s a phenomenal person and a great footballer that sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves.’
Mohamed Elneny’s contract ends at the end of the season and he came close to leaving the club during the previous transfer window.
We’re going to have a conversation at the end of the season to see what we do but I’m really happy with him,’ Arteta added.
‘He understood that with the squad that we had at the moment [in January] I could not let another player leave.
‘It’s a tough balance because he’s in a period in his career where he’s looking to extend his football life but at the same time, he could be an important part of the team for the last part of the season.’
Martin Odegaard was the captain for Arsenal when they played Chelsea at Stamford, the Norwaeign claims that wearing the armband is a ‘huge declaration of trust,’ and he has stated that he is willing to take on the position indefinitely.
‘It’s big, of course, but it does not change much. I feel like I’m doing the same things,’ Odegaard told tv2.
‘There are more people around who think about it. But it is a great recognition and a great declaration of trust. I take that as a big compliment, but beyond that, I do the same as always.
I’ve only been here a little over a year, so I did not think so. But everything has gone very well from the start, I quickly got into it and slipped into the environment, the group, and the team. Everything has gone faster than I expected.’
When the Midfielder was asked if he is prepared to be Arsenal’s next captain if Lacazzete leaves
He replied:‘If it is desirable, then, of course, I will ask, but that is not my focus at all. It’s about to finish the season, get to the Champions League and take it from there and see what happens next season.’