It may not have been the way he wanted to leave the Africa Cup of Nations, but Mohamed Elneny was still delighted to be back in north London.
Despite scoring in last month’s final, the 23-year-old midfielder was unable to prevent Egypt from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Cameroon, but still returned to north London with a smile on his face thanks to the love he has for his new home.
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“When I was playing at the Africa Cup of Nations I was missing Arsenal a lot,” Elneny told Arsenal Player. “It was the same feeling I had when I left Egypt for the first time and I had the same feeling when I left London to go to the Africa Cup of Nations.
“For a whole month I was missing the players, the people here and everything surrounding Arsenal. I honestly feel like I am living with my family here. I can feel how much everyone likes me and they show it to me and make me feel very welcome. This makes me really happy.
“When I came back I felt as if I was coming back to my family. My job and my life are here now. I miss my colleagues, joking and training with them. I miss the boss who I regard as one of the best in the world.
“When I come to training I am always happy to be around these people. It makes me even happier when you feel the love back and when you are welcomed. This is very important. This is why I feel at home here.”