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.
Elneny isn’t a world beater but we’re never going to have a squad full of elite players. He’s a decent, versatile option, great for the squad. Don’t get why anybody would be annoyed about him extending.
— S (@wood10_) March 26, 2018
Deserved new deal for Elneny. Been a rare positive in a dismal season. Should have played more in truth given his performances when he has featured. Important squad player.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) March 26, 2018
Happy to hear that Elneny has extended his contract with the club. Doesn’t try anything fancy but gets the job done. Always gives 110% and is extremely versatile too. Hopefully it’s a successful period for both the club and him personally.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 26, 2018