Elneny impresses on Arsenal debut
Elneny impresses on Arsenal debut

Arsene Wenger praised new signing Mohamed Elneny, who made an impressive debut in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Burnley in the FA Cup 4th Round at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

Goals from Calum Chambers (15) and Alexis Sanchez (53) sealed the Gunners passage to the next round. Sam Vokes (30) scored for Burnley.

Elneny was given his first start after signing from Basel earlier in this transfer window.

He had more touches, 100, than any other player on the pitch and completed 96% of his passes

“I felt he started a bit cautious, played a bit secure,” said Wenger of Elneny.

“He became more adventurous, he had some good shots on goal. His mobility, his work rate was exceptional and for the rest, he needs to adjust to the power of the game in the Premier League.  This was a good welcome today and certainly he has learnt a lot today. It will take him some time to adjust to the power side of our game here, but the intelligence, the mobility and the technical level are good.”

On Burnley, Wenger added.

“Burnley are a good side. For the first 20 minutes we looked quite in control but when they equalised suddenly you could see, energy, commitment, and we had to dig deep to win the game. Every free-kick you worry because Sam Vokes is very strong in the air and he scored their goal – they are strong on set pieces and we needed to be alert.”