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Elneny hopeful of a contract renewal at Arsenal

Thu 18 March 2021 | 10:37

Despite spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas, the Egyptian became a key part in Mikel Arteta’s plans as he returned to Arsenal as the midfielder is hopeful of a new contract at Arsenal.

Elneny told the Evening Standard: “Of course, for me I am always loyal to Arsenal.

“And if Arsenal say to me: ‘Sign a new contract’, of course I would be happy to do this.”

With making 30 appearances so far this season, Elneny needs only three more to record a personal best for the Gunners. Elneny has added: “I expected to come back because I want to always be with the biggest team and I am really happy to be at Arsenal all the time.

“When I was on loan, all the time I was thinking I need to get back to Arsenal to be in the squad, to play like I do now.

“That’s why I worked really hard in Besiktas and I built myself there to come back stronger.

“Before I came back, Mikel didn’t speak to me, but after when we came to the start of the season he started to speak to me.

“And he said: ‘Mo, we have new things now. We have to understand how I want the midfield to play and always if you don’t understand something from the new system you have now, just come to ask me’.

“He was helping me so much to understand the way he wanted us to play and this is what helped me a lot.

“After the Community Shield against Liverpool, he came and sat down with me and he just gave me everything I’ve done, with the pre-season and the game against Liverpool. And it was something really good for me to start the season with.”

Arsenal will face Olympiacos in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday before a FA Cup London derby with Westham on Sunday.

source: SportMob