Mohamed Elneny has signed a new contract to stay at Arsenal for one further season with an option to extend until June 2024.
Elneny joined Arsenal from Basel in January 2016 and has gone on to net five goals and contribute 10 assists in 147 appearances across all competitions, during which he helped the Gunners win 2016-17 FA Cup plus 2017 and 2020 Community Shield.
The Egyptian midfielder however wasn’t part of Arsenal’s 2019-20 FA Cup winning squad, having been sent out on loan to Turkey’s Besiktas that season by manager, Unai Emery who was sacked in November 2019 with his successor, Mikel Arteta opting not to recall Elneny during the season.
“I love this club and I feel like part of this family,” commented Elneny in an interview with Arsenal Media about his decision to renew his contract.
Elneny proceeded to praise the club culture within Arsenal as the team continues to rebuild under Arteta, as he added: “I want to continue at this amazing club and amazing family and I’m very happy and very excited for the future.”
Arteta meanwhile is delighted to retain Elneny for at least one more season, albeit with an option to extend for one further season.
Speaking about the impact that Elneny has had during his time in charge, Arteta said: “Mo is a really important part of the team. He brings endless energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the team and is loved by everyone.
“He’s an important player for us on and off the pitch, a real role model to our younger players and I’m delighted he’s staying.”
Arsenal Technical Director, Edu added that Elneny’s “incredible mentality” is “important” to the development of the first-team squad, after the Gunners missed out on fourth and Champions League football following two defeats in their last three league matches this season.
Edu also praised Elneny for his contribution on and off the pitch as he added: “He helps the team as much as he can every day. We are all very happy to have him with us as we look to build on what has been achieved this season.”