By Lloyd Webb

Arsène Wenger says Mohamed Elneny showed “interesting ingredients” on his debut against Burnley.

The Egypt international made his first appearance as he helped the Gunners advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win against the Clarets.

Wenger was pleased with how his side overcame a difficult encounter against Burnley and says Elneny put in an encouraging performance.

He has shown interesting ingredients like game intelligence, mobility and technical ability and had some good shots

Arsène Wenger

“I think he has to adapt to the power side of the game but he has shown interesting ingredients like game intelligence, mobility and technical ability and had some good shots,” he said. “He will be a very interesting player for us.

“I think overall we had a good performance and we wanted to respond with a win. We wanted to qualify and the first 20 minutes looked like it could be all us but then suddenly when they equalised it became a different game.

“You could see they are a good side that just won against Derby 4-1 and we needed a strong performance. In the second half we deserved to win the game. At the moment it [a third consecutive FA Cup] is still a dream but the dream is still alive as we are still in it.”

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31 Jan 2016