Monday Sep 14, 2020. 16:00
Egypt international Mohamed Elneny says he is grateful to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
The defensive midfielder played the entire match for the Gunners as they started their 2020/21 English Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win against Fulham over the weekend.
Elneny, who spent last season on loan at Turkish giants Besiktas, reflected on the team’s performance against Fulham.
“We feel like we are more aggressive, like everyone just wants to give 100 per cent,” Elneny told the club’s official website.
“This was what we missed in Arsenal, because at Arsenal we always loved to play football but we didn’t care [enough] about giving 100 per cent. But now we can see that everyone does, even the kit man.
“Everyone has to give 100 per cent because this is a great club and everyone has to work really hard to push this club to win the Premier League, to win everything, because we have quality players, we have the facilities, we have the family. Everyone is great in this club.”
Elneny was expected to leave Arsenal again ahead of the current season, but he managed to impress Arteta in pre-season friendly matches.
“I feel really happy and I have to thank Mikel Arteta for giving me a chance to play,” said Elneny.
“I know it’s not easy to be on loan and come back to Arsenal and I’m really happy because I made everyone feel like I was not away from the team.
“This makes me really happy and I have to thank Mikel Arteta because he helped me a lot to feel like this.
“He speaks to me always, saying things like ‘we need you on the team’ and he is always giving me good feedback and always pushing me to get the best from me,’ he added.
“I’m really happy to be here. I’ll give 100 per cent every day in the training and if they give me a chance to play, I will always give 100 per cent.
“Because it’s the best for me, to play always in regular games and to give 100 per cent to the team, to help the team to win and make sure that we’re going to build a team to be strong in the Premier League.”
He has played 78 international matches for Egypt and netted six goals.