Although Arsene Wenger casually remarked yesterday at his post-match press conference after Arsenal's 3-3 draw at Anfield that Mohamed Elneny had successfully completed his transfer from FC Basel, there was still some room for skepticism. The signing had not yet been formally, officially announced on Arsenal dot com, so there was still room for doubt and consternation.
Early this morning, however, the dot com finally put our memories of last-minute swoops and failed work permits to rest. Mohamed Elneny is now officially an Arsenal player!
It’s official! @ElNennyM has joined @Arsenal https://t.co/EXB8o9Fbu6 #ElnenySigns pic.twitter.com/DWHoBL7DtB— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 14, 2016
The 23-year-old Egyptian midfielder signs for Arsenal from FC Basel, where he had won three consecutive Swiss Super League titles. Elneny has already been shown in training during his first official interview at Arsenal, where he said:
It is an indescribable feeling, I am really glad of course. Arsenal is one of the world’s greatest teams, and I am very keen to participate positively with my new team, God willing, and to give my best for the team and for myself.
Arsenal is one of those teams that everyone enjoys watching and of course I would love to play for such a great team.
Mr Wenger is a highly respected manager and one of the world’s best managers. It is my honour to be trained under his management.
It is one the biggest clubs in the world, I know everything about it and its players.
I would like to tell [the fans] that, although you have not seen much of me, I promise I will contribute positively with the team. I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League as well.
Everyone at TSF is excited to welcome Mohamed to the club!