Mohamed Elneny signs a one-year contract extension with Arsenal
Mohamed Elneny signs a one-year contract extension with Arsenal and insists ‘I want to end my career here’ as he reveals a ‘positive’ conversation with Mikel Arteta ‘convinced him to compromise his future’
- Mohamed Elneny, 29, has signed a short-term contract extension with Arsenal
- The midfielder’s current contract at the Emirates was set to expire next month.
- However, Elneny has now signed a new one-year deal with the option to extend.
- Elneny said that his talk with Mikel Arteta after his victory over Everton convinced him
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a short-term contract extension with the north London club after excelling towards the end of the 2021-2022 campaign.
The Egyptian international’s current contract in the Emirates was due to expire at the end of June, but he has now signed a new one-year deal with the option to extend.
Elneny has been one of Mikel Arteta’s most consistent players during Arsenal’s recent run of games, having scored five goals and 10 assists this season.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a short-term contract extension with the club.
Speaking about her new deal with the Gunners, Elneny said array media: ‘I love this club and I feel part of this family. I want to continue at this amazing club and this amazing family and I am very happy and excited for the future.”
Elneny earlier expressed her desire to end her career at Arsenal, telling reporters: “I feel like when you play for one of the biggest teams in the world and you have an amazing family and the fans are really amazing too, they make me feel special. .
‘You feel that you are special to this club and this club is special to you. Of course, I want to stay here until my degree is over.
Mikel Arteta is equally excited about Elneny’s decision to extend her stay at the Emirates. He said: ‘Mo is a very important part of the team. He brings endless energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the team and he is loved by all.
“He is an important player for us on and off the pitch, a true role model for our younger players and I am delighted that he is staying.”
While Arsenal manager Edu added: ‘Mo has an amazing mentality which is very important to our team.
“He helps the team as much as he can every day. We are all very pleased to have him with us as we look to build on what has been achieved this season.”
Elneny joined Arsenal six and a half years ago from Swiss Basel. Since then, he played 147 games and was on loan at Turkish Besiktas during the 2019-2020 campaign.
He has been one of Mikel Arteta’s most consistent players during his last series of games.
Elneny had made just one Premier League start all season until Arsneal’s win over Chelsea.
Elneny struggled to cement his place in the starting XI with Arteta this season. However, the Spanish manager turned to him when Thomas Partey injured his thigh in a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Arteta initially called up Albert Sambi Lakonga, but his performances in Arsenal’s 2–1 loss to Burnley and 1–0 defeat at Southampton were unconvincing.
This prompted Arteta to call up Elneny for the first time in over three months in the tricky clash at Stamford Bridge, and the midfielder rewarded his manager’s choice with a brilliant display.
He was at the center of it all as he never stopped running and pressured Thomas Tuchel’s players from start to finish in a 4-2 victory to start Arsenal’s revival.
As a result, he kept his place in the team and went on to make seven consecutive starts in central midfield. He was also voted man of the match in Sunday’s win over Everton.
However, since that game at Stamford Bridge he has been a fundamental player in Arteta’s squad.
Elneny said Arteta’s vote of confidence at the end of the season convinced him to sign new terms with the north London club. He said: ‘I needed to hear what he’s thinking about me and I always tell him: ‘Mikel, I really appreciate what you’ve done for me.’
‘Because with Mikel I play more than before. I told him: ‘Mikel, if you tell me you want me to stay or you want me to go, I’ll do whatever you want.’ So the way he talked about me is something that really touches me.
“It was really good for me to hear it from Mikel, about the way I play and the way I’m happy with him and being positive.” It is incredible for me to feel that way from Mikel, the club and Edu. I’m really happy.’