Will Mohamed Elneny or El Niño as Big Raddy has appropriately tagged him, breathe a warm wind of change through Arsenal’s midfield?
He is a player of whom Arsene Wenger has high hopes.
Make no mistake, Elneny has not been brought in to warm the bench despite what some may describe as being a bit on the ‘cheap’ side. His ability to defend and bring the ball forward together with his tenacity in the tackle and accurate distribution mean that Elneny will be serious competition to Coquelin when he returns to full fitness.
Arsene has already stated that because he has played in Europe Elneny should be ready for the EPL and we expect to see him on the bench against Stoke – or he may even start?
Is this because Flamini is running out of steam, or because time has caught up with Arteta? My guess is yes.
Arsene loves to attack, Elneny always look to pass the ball forward, he is an archetypal Wenger signing. No one had high expectations of Koscielny when he arrived, he is now arguably the best centre back in the EPL.
So expect great things from our new signing. Expect him to impress from the off and to be an ever present influence in our quest for the title.