Mohamed Elneny says he feels privileged to play at Arsenal, and misses the club while being away on international duty.
The 24-year-old is currently in Gabon playing for Egypt in the African Cup of Nations but he has been very enthusiastic about the welcome he has received at the Gunners since his arrival at the club from Basel in the summer.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Elneny feels the welcoming nature of the club and the country has helped him to settle in very quickly:
“Since I arrived, I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. Not just playing for the club, but the country itself. The friends I’m making, the supporters. The whole atmosphere around the football. It’s been one of the best years of my life.
“In Basel, I gained experience. But when I came to England, and Arsenal, I adapted so quickly because I felt straight away it was like a family, a whole big family. You are someone new, but they embrace you. They bring you in.
“Everyone loves each other. When you feel like people love you, and they want you around, that makes you adapt quickly, you enjoy being there.”
Elneny will return to action with the Gunners next month, but with Arsenal lacking bodies in the centre of midfield, it seems his return can’t come soon enough.
Granit Xhaka will be suspended once again after his sending off against Burnley last weekend while Santi Cazorla is recovering from a second operation to fix a troublesome ankle injury. Without Xhaka and Cazorla, Arsene Wenger will be heavily reliant on Francis Coquelin until Elneny returns.