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Elneny - I feel wanted all the time, every day

When Mo Elneny returned from his loan spell at Besiktas this summer, he was not sure what to expect.

The Egypt international flourished in Turkey, but wondered whether he still had a future with us under Mikel Arteta - but received a pleasant surprise.

“Before I came to London, I didn’t speak to him and I was a bit…. not stressed, but just thinking about what would he like,” Elneny said. 

“When I sat with him, I said, ‘The way you train, the way you want to play is the way I love to play’ and really I love the way we train, the way he is assisting everything in the club now and it makes me excited to give 100 per cent for the team.

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“Under Emery, I was not playing much, that is why you can lose your confidence and your feeling to play. That is why when I went to Besiktas, on a one-year loan, I played always and brought the confidence back, and when I came back here I saw everyone happy for me to come back. 

“Everyone was excited to see me back, and when I trained, everyone gave me good feedback, saying ’Mo, you did well’ and this makes you get your confidence back. I will build it and build it and every day I try to learn new things.

“Yes [I feel wanted], all the time, every day,” he added. “I think in any job if you wake up in the morning, try to learn new things and try to improve every day… this is what is always in my mind when I wake up. I have to go training, I need to improve myself in everything.”

Team news

Team news: Holding, David Luiz, Willian

Holding

Please find the latest team news update from our medical team ahead of Thursday’s match against Dundalk.

Updates since our last match:
  
Rob Holding
Right hamstring. Sustained hamstring strain during the warm-up at Manchester City on October 17. Rob has progressed well and is aiming to be back in full training within the next week.
 
David Luiz
Left thigh. Sustained slight thigh issue during Sunday’s match. Will miss Thursday's match and is being assessed ahead of our match at Manchester United.
 
Willian
Right calf. Slight calf issue. Back in full training and available for selection.
 
Continued status on longer-term injuries:
 
Calum Chambers
Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29.

Latest update on Calum:
    • Now back in full training and progressing well towards full match fitness.
 
Pablo Mari
Left ankle. Sustained significant sprain to ankle ligaments during Manchester City (a) on June 17.

Latest update on Pablo:
    • Continuing outside running and strengthening programme, together with light ball work.
    • Aiming to integrate into full training after the November international period.
 
Gabriel Martinelli
Left knee. Sustained injury during training on June 21.

Latest update on Gabi: 
    • Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee.
    • Has now commenced running outside, in addition to daily strengthening and recovery programme at London Colney.
    • Aiming to return to full training by the end of the calendar year.
 
As part of Premier League protocol, all members of our first team squad and support staff continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19.

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