Mohamed Elneny
Mohamed Elneny

Mohamed Elneny

Mohamed capped a fine debut campaign in Arsenal colours by winning the club's Goal of the Season award for his stunning strike against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The classy midfielder also collected consecutive Player of the Month awards – in March and April – as he helped the Gunners go unbeaten in April with a string of impressive performances in the centre of the park.

Mohamed Elneny Profile

Born July 11, 1992
El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Egypt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 35
Previous Club(s) FC Basel, El Mokawloon
Arsenal Debut January 30, 2016

Capable of shielding the back four or getting forward in a box-to-box role, Mohamed covered the most ground for an Arsenal player in every game he played last season, and also completed the most passes in any Premier League match during 2015/16 – 122 during the 4-0 win against Watford.

A full Egypt international since 2011, he joined the club from Swiss champions FC Basel, where he made nearly 100league appearances and won the Super League in three consecutive seasons from 2013 to 2015 before making the switch to north London in January 2016.

In addition to his three league titles, Mohamed also reached three consecutive Swiss Cup finals.

The first Egyptian to play for the Arsenal first time, Mohamed began his senior career with El Mokawloon in his home country, spending two seasons there. Now with more than 40 caps to his name, he represented his country at the 2012 London Olympics, and last season played a crucial part in Egypt's qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Elneny's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2015-2016 9 + 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 15 + 2 1
2016-2017 8 + 6 0 0 + 5 0 1 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 12 + 12 0
Total 17 + 8 0 1 + 5 1 6 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 27 + 14 1

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16


Mohamed featured twice against Liverpool and Watford in August.


Mohamed played the full 90 minutes of our 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round. He came on as a second-half substitute in our 2-0 win over his former club, FC Basel, as well as coming on again against Hull City and PSG.


Mohamed started three times for us during October, playing in the victories over Sunderland and Reading, as well as in the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. He came on as a substitute in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets and the 1-0 win at Burnley, but was an unused substitute as we beat Swansea City 3-2 at Emirates Stadium.


Mohamed started three of our fixtures during November, but did not play in the draws against Tottenham or PSG. He came on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Ludogorets.


Mohamed came on a substitute in the 5-1 win over West Ham United and the 4-1 win against FC Basel. He also came on in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City.


Mohamed played in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, but missed our other January fixtures due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations where he scored in the final as Egypt lost to Cameroon.


Mohamed did not play in March.


Mohamed returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in February, coming on as a substitute in our 2-0 win over Hull City before starting our 2-0 win over Sutton United in the Emirates FA Cup. He came off at half-time at Gander Green Lane due to injury.


Mohamed joined the club from Basel in January and made his debut in the 2-1 win against Burnley in the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger assessed the midfielder’s first performance, saying: “I felt he started a bit cautious, played a bit secure. He became more adventurous, he had some good shots on goal. His mobility, his work-rate was exceptional and for the rest, he needs to adjust to the power of the game in the Premier League. This was a good welcome. It will take him some time to adjust to the power side of our game here, but the intelligence, the mobility and the technical level are good.”


Mohamed featured twice during February against Manchester United and Hull City.


Mohamed played five times in March, and scored his first goal for Arsenal against Barcelona. The midfielder topped the Goal of the Month poll for his strike against the Catalan club and was named as the Vitality Player of the Month. Speaking after the Barcelona game, he said: “I'm happy with my performance today, but not that happy about the result. I knew it'd be hard, but there is no 'hard' in football."


Mohamed played in all six of Arsenal’s games in April. The midfielder made 122 successful passes in the 4-0 win against Watford, breaking this season’s Premier League record.


Mohamed played twice in May and claimed an assist for Olivier Giroud’s equaliser during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Speaking after the clash at Ethiad Stadium, he said: I’ve improved my mentality and did what I could, hopefully the best is yet to come.”