Elneny started in midfield during the Community Shield victory against Chelsea at the weekend, and performed well. When asked about his future at the club, the defensive midfielder replied that he had no intention of leaving Arsenal:
“I am staying at Arsenal this season. There has been a lot of criticism recently, and I wanted to prove that I deserve to play for a big team like Arsenal. That was my best game for them.”
Elneny joined the Gunners from FC Basel in the January transfer window back in 2016 but struggled for game time last season after his return from the African Cup of Nations.
He started just two games in the Premier League in the second half of the campaign, being named in the starting eleven against both Crystal Palace and West Ham, but the formation change to a back three meant he was relegated to the bench for the remainder of the season.