Arteta: Why I dropped Elneny against West Ham

Arteta: Why I dropped Elneny against West Ham
Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny (left) and manager Mikel Arteta

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 22, 2020. 11:00

Egypt international Mohamed Elneny’s absence from Arsenal’s starting line-up has been explained.

The defensive midfielder was a noticeable absentee from the Gunners’ starting line-up as they defeated West Ham United 2-1 over the weekend.

Prior to the Premier League cash, Elneny had started two games for Arsenal as they defeated Liverpool FC and Fulham.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted that the 28-year-old player deserved to start against West Ham in the London Derby clash.

“Mo [Elneny] he deserved to play again today but I wanted to rotate,” Arteta said on King Fut.

“It was a game that we had to attack their smaller spaces and the way they defend, to create situations with Dani [Ceballos] in there.”

Elneny will be hoping to return to the starting line-up when the Gunners take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup match on Wednesday.

The former Al Mokawloon Al Arab player has made 91 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal since he joined the club from Swiss giants Basel in January 2016.

He spent last season on loan at Turkish giants Besiktas where he played 36 competitive matches for the team.

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