News broke today that Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a new contract with Arsenal until the end of next season. The 30-year-old’s contract came to its end last summer and he signed a one-year extension at the end of last season.
Elneny is currently facing a time on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in training and is not expected to play again this season. Since his Arsenal career started 7 years ago Elneny has picked up a series of injuries forcing him to spend long periods of time away from the squad. Whilst he may be injured for the majority of his time at the club under his new contract, it allows the player to recover from injury in a secure manner.
By doing this Mikel Arteta has shown that Arsenal are a club which look after their player in a respectful way. Their loyal relationship may stem from their time on the pitch when they played together for the club under Arsène Wenger back in 2016.
Mohamed Elneny remains the club’s longest serving player since joining in 2016. Despite never being a first team regular, his mentality has always been appreciated by the Arsenal fanbase. Elneny is always willing to fill in and help to be a part of the team by any means necessary, for example, his performances at the end of the 21/22 season when replacing injury struck Thomas Partey.
Another reason Mohammed Elneny is loved by the Arsenal community is his humility. According to spotrac.com the veteran is only earning £50,000 a week, significantly less than his fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka on £120,000 per week as of 2022. When it comes to Elneny there have never been reports of any contract demands, in house issues, or poor behaviour on or off the pitch.
His career so far at Arsenal sees him with 155 appearances, 6 goals and two FA cups. Let’s hope that these injury woes don’t trouble him for too long and that he’ll soon be back contributing to the club’s ongoing success.