Wenger ‘needs to know more about Elneny’ and hails Walcott

Date published: Friday 15th January 2016 10:31

Mohamed Elneny: Midfielder cost a reported £5million

Arsene Wenger has tipped new signing Mohamed Elneny to develop into a fine player for Arsenal after confirming he’ll be free to make his debut at Stoke on Sunday.

Egypt midfielder Elneny moved to the Emirates Stadium for a reported £5million on Thursday and will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s clash against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

And Wenger has high hopes the former Basel player can be a huge success in the Premier League.

“I bought Elneny because he can play with a defensive player or be the defensive player,” Wenger said at a press conference on Friday.

“I need to know more about him to see whether he becomes a defensive or box-to-box player.”

He’s a defensive midfielder who can contribute in an area that we are short.

“He is a promising player. I expect him to develop with us into a very strong player. He can defend and attack.”

He adds: “He’s available for Sunday.”

Walcott hailed

One player who can show Elneny the ‘Arsenal way’ is Theo Walcott, who next week celebrates 10 years at the club.

Speaking of Walcott’s decade-long service to the Gunners, Wenger added: “Walcott came at 16 and went straight to the World Cup, it could have gone both ways.

“He did very well with the early fame. He was always very humble and receptive to advice.

“He had ups and downs due to bad injuries.

“He has become much more a team player.

“What I like when I saw him first was his movement off the ball. He has developed well as a technical player.”

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