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‘Arsenal are my family’ – Mohamed Elneny begs Mikel Arteta to offer him new contract ahead of important transfer window


MOHAMED ELNENY has said ‘Arsenal is my family’ in a plea for the club to offer him a new contract.

The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent this summer when his contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the season.

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Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny keen to extend his stay at the EmiratesCredit: Getty

Egypt midfielder Elneny was considered surplus to requirements earlier in the campaign with Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga all preferred instead.

He was heavily linked with a move during the winter transfer window, only to have Mikel Arteta block a move.

After Partey was injured in the 3–0 loss to Crystal Palace on 4 April, followed by subsequent defeats against Brighton and Southampton where Lokonga started, Elneny was reintroduced into the starting XI.

And he immediately proved his worth by helping Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-2, before impressing in wins over Manchester United, West Ham and Leeds.

His form has led to speculation that he will be handed fresh terms to extend his stay in north London.

Elneny, who has won three trophies with Arsenal since arriving from Basel in January 2016, is desperate to stay in the capital.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash at Newcastle on Monday night, the former player on loan from Besiktas hinted he was awaiting a renewal offer.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve said before, if Arsenal want me, it’s my club, my family, but it’s not my decision.

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“I have to wait for them to say ‘Mo, we want you’.

“Since day one I’ve been here, I’ve felt like family. We really work like that here, it’s such a great club.”

Commenting on his recall to the team, Elneny said: “I always believed. I do my job, I let Mikel do his job too and I respect his decisions.

“He always does the right thing for the team, that’s what I believe.

“Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka were playing and doing very well, there was never anything to explain, I understood.

“I just knew I had to be ready, we work as a team and in football everything can change in a second.

“When you suddenly play and the fans can see you, when you feel you’re playing well, when you win, you feel that change.

“I’m really proud when I hear something good about me, and they see how hard I work for this club.”



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