Mohamed Elneny fires dig at former Arsenal boss Unai Emery

Mohamed Elneny has proved a usual squad member for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal this season
Mohamed Elneny has proved a usual squad member for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal this season (Picture: Sky Sports)

Mohamed Elneny has aimed a dig at his former Arsenal manager Unai Emery ahead of Thursday’s Europa League reunion with Mikel Arteta’s predecessor.

The Egypt international made 17 appearances in all competitions during Emery’s only full season in charge at the Emirates but was effectively frozen out after a calamitous defeat against Crystal Palace, which ultimately cost Arsenal a place in the top four.

Elneny was loaned out to Besiktas last season but was offered an opportunity to resurrect his Arsenal career at the start of the current campaign by his former teammate, Arteta.

The 28-year-old impressed during the Community Shield win over Liverpool and has enjoyed comfortably his best season in an Arsenal shirt since his move from Basel back in January 2016.

Speaking ahead of next Thursday’s showdown against Villarreal, Elneny summed up the difference between both Spaniards, telling Sky Sports: ‘If you are good you will play, if you are not good you will be on the bench, or you will be out of the squad.

Mikel Arteta was still a player at Arsenal when the club signed Mohamed Elneny in January 2016
Mikel Arteta was still a player at Arsenal when the club signed Mohamed Elneny in January 2016 (Picture: Getty)

‘This is what I love from Mikel Arteta because it is fair. If you train good and you train hard and you are ready to play he will give you a chance to play.

‘This is what I missed before with Emery. He wasn’t giving me a chance to play and that’s why I get a chance to go to Turkey and prove myself and I come back and I’m happy about myself now.’

Elneny is a hugely popular figure with his teammates but has not always been appreciated by a fans who have directed absuse at him on social media in the past.

Addressing those particular supporters, he added: ‘I need you to support me not put me down because a supporter means you have to support not waiting for me to do one bad pass and then after speak about me.

‘You need to support in the bad moments. In the good moments everyone is supporting anyway.

‘But I need you for when I have a bad game. When I have a bad game I need you to be next to me. This is what makes me happy and would make the world happy and make me improve more because I can see supporters next to me.’

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