Mohamed Elneny has revealed that he lost his confidence under Unai Emery, but is now loving his time under current boss Mikel Arteta.
Elneny was sent out on loan to Besiktas by Arsenal last term, but he has been given another chance to impress in the early stages of the season.
Arteta has actually given Elneny a handful of opportunities in the Gunners’ first-team, and seems intent on keeping him around for the season.
The Egyptian midfielder says that he is loving life at the Emirates Stadium again now.
“When I sat with him [Arteta], I said, ‘The way you train, the way you want to play is the way I love to play’ and really I love the way we train, the way he is assisting everything in the club now and it makes me excited to give 100 per cent for the team,” Elneny said.
“Under Emery, I was not playing much, that is why you can lose your confidence and your feeling to play. That is why when I went to Besiktas, on a one-year loan, I played always and brought the confidence back, and when I came back here I saw everyone happy for me to come back.
“Everyone was excited to see me back, and when I trained, everyone gave me good feedback, saying ’Mo, you did well’ and this makes you get your confidence back. I will build it and build it and every day I try to learn new things.”
Following the arrival of Thomas Partey it will be interesting to see the competition and watch how Arteta can implement the midfielder, considering the fact that Partey appears like a direct rival for Elneny.
That being said, Elneny still could provide valuable back-up to the Gunners throughout the campaign, as he has not looked out of place when given opportunities this term.