The 23-year-old Egyptian made his Arsenal debut on Saturday in the Gunners’ 2-1 fourth round FA Cup victory over Burnley. And by and large, he made a good impression.
Elneny looked comfortable out on the pitch, showing good poise and making crisp passes. Tall and lanky, he’s capable of covering a lot of ground and is willing to go forward which he did more as he grew into the game.
However, his one major misstep came in the 30th minute, when he was not able to close down Tendayi Darikwa’s splendid cross to Sam Vokes for Burnley’s equalising goal.
To be fair to him, the ball took an unfortunate bounce off Laurent Koscielny, which then found it’s way to Darikwa.
During the latter part of the match, Elneny showed off his right foot on several occasions. In the 67th minute when the ball found its way to him just outside the penalty area he lashed a strike, forcing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton into making a quality save.
Towards the end of the game, Theo Walcott failed to see a streaking Elneny, who would’ve had an easy tap in to secure the win. Again, the Egyptian’s ability to get forward makes him an excellent option and now it’s easy now to see why Arsene Wenger was so keen to sign him.