However, fans weren’t particularly impressed by Elneny on one of his rare outings for the club:
Apart from running around like a headless chicken, there’s not much Elneny does.
— Lacompactdisc (@Lacompactdisc) 26 September 2018
Seeing Mohammed Elneny in the number 4 jersey for my club makes every fibre of my stomach turn
— Charles Vane (@Aggyhairline_) 26 September 2018
Elneny needs to improve.
Positive signs from Guendouzi, welbeck, mkhi and holding. Iwobi , Smith need more time.
— Afc domain???? (@arsenaldomain) 26 September 2018
What’s the point of ElNeny
— Santï (@goonersanti) 26 September 2018
Elneny was awful played to advanced.
— bobby (@bobby01503436) 27 September 2018
Others though did notice his cheeky nutmeg in his own penalty area:
Elneny cheeky nutmeg in the penalty area pic.twitter.com/lyapgpbK3Y
— The Swedish Freddie (@FredrikDanell) 26 September 2018
Elneny's nutmeg was pure filth! ???????????? https://t.co/z0af6L01it
— Pranav (@Pranav_kmanchi) 27 September 2018
Elneny that was filthyyyy hahahaha
— Smokey ???? (@ltzSmokey) 26 September 2018
Elneny Oh my Allah ????????????????
— The Bad Guy (@KingDavid_300) 26 September 2018
Naaaa can’t let Elneny do that to ya
— Pires (@PrescientPires) 26 September 2018
Elneny just made someone look silly.
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) 26 September 2018
Elneny certainly didn’t make a case for himself to start more matches. Since arriving from Basel for an undisclosed fee in the 2016 January transfer window, the 26-year-old has never really established himself in the first team.
Last campaign, he managed just 11 starts in the Premier League, compared to eight in the 2016/17 season. He has been an unused substitute in all six league matches so far under Unai Emery, and it looks as though his appearances will mostly be restricted to cup competitions.