Arsenal Egyptian midfielder, Mohammed El Neny could be set for a protracted stay at the Emirates following news that the Gunners are set to offer him an extension to his current deal which expires in the summer. Prior to the start of the season, the former Basel midfielder was adjudged as one of the “deadwoods” that could be sold to reduce the wage bill, with proceeds from the sale used to fund the transfer of key targets.
El Neny survived the axe as he was neither sold nor loaned out before the end of the summer transfer window. After impressing displays in the Community Shield clash against Liverpool, pundits were unanimous in the conclusion that he could force his way into the team at best and at worst, be a valuable player off the bench because many could not see how he could shunt the queue that had Xhaka, Ceballos and the soon to arrive star midfielder, Thomas Partey. Now, the summer window has closed and Partey is here but El Neny is not stopping, he has not given up the fight.
The match at Old Trafford was the first match both El Neny and Partey would be playing together and what a midfield party it was! The duo bossed and dominated the midfield against Manchester United midfield trio of Fred, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Not only did the partnership received plaudits, it got a seal of validation from former Arsenal midfield legend, Invincible Gilberto Silva.
With what played out against Manchester United at the Old Trafford, it is unlikely that Mike Arteta would want to tinker with the midfield that looked so powerful, energetic and imposing. What this simply means is that the Egyptian might be set for a sustained spell in the team, the onus is now on the duo of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos to force themselves back into reckoning with impressive displays that will not only catch the eye of the manager but also turn his heart.
With all these positive developments on the field, it is not surprising that off the field, something better is cooking for El Neny. A new deal that could come with improved terms. At 28, he is getting into hIs best years and how interesting it would be that, he would be spending it at Arsenal. It is not a faux pas to say he loves Arsenal and London, his work ethic and willingness to fight for the team mean he is more than a welcome asset to the team. This is the best time to offer him that new deal lest the club lose him for free to another club at the end of the season. The reward for good work is definitely more work and to get more work from El Neny, he needs to stay longer so we say that new deal, do it Arsenal, do it El Neny.