Friday Jul 28, 2017. 15:00
Arsenal FC star Mohamed Elneny has been shifted from his regular central midfield role to the back three by the club's manager Arsene Wenger.
The French tactician believes that Egypt international Elneny, who is 25, will florish in defence.
“Yes he does. Elneny is a player who has a fantastic mentality and attitude, and his main target is to help the team. When he plays there, of course he does extremely well," Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“Of course [he needs to learn the defensive side], but I always felt that a good central midfielder can be a good centre back.
"With the fact of course that when you’re playing in the back four you have to be decisive in the challenges, you have a bit more flexibility in the middle of a back three. He can do that," he continued.
“Overall on tour, I played players like Elneny in a back three and he coped very well. Maitland-Niles sometimes played at centre back as well, even in the big games against Chelsea.
"You see their strengths and their weaknesses, and you learn a lot about your players and your combinations too," he added.
"The advantage we have is that we have a good stability in our squad, so I already know who I can combine with who, more or less.”
Elneny has made 25 English Premier League (EPL) appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Swiss giants FC Basel in January, 2016.