‘Put some respect on the man’s name’ – Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny ‘proven he can cut it’ after Manchester United win, says Kevin Campbell

Elneny was dominant against United
Elneny was dominant against United (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s forgotten man Mohamed Elneny has ‘proven he can cut it’ after his latest impressive display in last weekend’s win against Manchester United, says Kevin Campbell.

The Egyptian hardly played under Unai Emery and was sent out on a season-long to Besiktas for the 2019/20 campaign.

Elneny arrived back at the Emirates in the summer under new manager Mikel Arteta, who has shown his faith in the combative midfielder, especially in the big games.

The 28-year-old was trusted to start against Liverpool at Anfield, and again in Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Elneny put in a solid performance alongside new signing Thomas Partey as the duo completely outfought the Red Devils’ midfield diamond of Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the first half.

The midfielder’s energetic display was summed up when he chased the ball down in the 91st minute and forced Victor Lindelof to run the ball out of play.

Gunners hero Campbell believes Elneny compliments midfield partner Partey perfectly, and has proven his ability to perform in the big clashes.

‘Elneny compliments Thomas Partey, because Partey can do everything, but he needs somebody with him who can pick up the slack,’ Campbell told YouTube channel Highbury Squad.

‘We’ve seen him play with [Granit] Xhaka and [Dani] Ceballos, sometimes it looks alright and sometimes it hasn’t worked. 

‘This is twice with Elneny now, and it’s looked really good.

‘Elneny, yeah, he’s a squad player, but nobody can tell me anymore he cannot play in the big games. He’s proved it against the [Paul] Pogba’s of this world, [Nemanja] Matic, Fred, Bruno Fernandes he’s played against them all now, Liverpool, and proven that he can cut it. 

‘So, put some respect on the man’s name. 

‘Him and Thomas Partey dovetail perfectly. They compliment eachother. Both have got good energy. 

‘I’m not saying every game Elneny’s going to play, but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. These guys are absolutely awesome.’

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