Elneny signs new deal with Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny playing for Egypt

Arsenal have confirmed Mohamed Elneny has signed a new deal, keeping him at the Emirates Stadium until 2022. The 25-year-old was nearly sold to Leicester City last summer but has earned a contract extension after impressing in the Europa League.

Elneny joined Arsenal from Swiss champions FC Basel in January 2016 and has gone on to make more than 60 appearances in all competitions. The Egyptian international hasn’t featured too heavily in the Premier League this season but he’s been reliable when called upon in Europe.

The midfielder has racked up more minutes in the Europa League than he has in the top flight, as he’s been utilised when the first-team players are rested, but has been unable to dethrone one of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere on a weekly basis.

Nevertheless, Arsenal consider Elneny a good squad player to keep around, especially after selling Francis Coquelin to Valencia in January. The Gunners could yet lose Wilshere this summer and Ramsey in 2019 with no contracts being agreed, so ensuring they have Elneny tied down has become essential.

He’s become a fan favourite due to his positive attitude on social media and consistent performances, and the reaction to his new deal has been kind from supporters.

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