By Lloyd Webb

Mohamed Elneny says his move to Arsenal is like “starting all over again.”

The midfielder joined the Gunners in January after impressing for Swiss club Basel and for the Egyptian national team.

Elneny has played three times for the club since his arrival in January and says he is picking up things every day.

So once you start knocking out the teams you watched on TV, your dreams start to grow, you realise that they are players just like you and that you are at the same standard

Mohamed Elneny

“Of course each period has its own experiences and is unique,” he told Arsenal Player. “But when I came here it’s as if I’m starting over.

“I need to learn from the people here. This is the best club in the world so I need to learn how the people here move, see things, think about things. These are all experiences I hope to learn from.

“When we were little in Egypt we would watch Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and then all of sudden I was playing against them [for Basel],” he continued. "In my first season, I played against Zenit and Tottenham, and all of these teams we would watch on TV.

“We knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League and got to the semi final. Before I was watching these people on TV then I was knocking them out of a tournament. Last season it was Real Madrid and Basel who qualified to the round of 16.

“We beat Liverpool to qualification. They went to the Europa League and we carried on in the Champions League. So once you start knocking out the teams you watched on TV, your dreams start to grow, you realise that they are players just like you and that you are at the same standard.”

Mohamed Elneny
Mohamed Elneny

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1 Mar 2016