Mohamed Elneny is already looking like another Arsene Wenger bargain for Arsenal.
The midfielder joined the Gunners in January for just £5 million from Basle and, although he didn’t make his Premier League until February 28, is already proving to be an impressive acquisition.
In fact, the Egyptian is already smashing records.
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Elneny managed to complete 122 successful passes in Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Watford - a Premier League record for this season.
He brilliantly started attacks during the comfortable victory and rarely misplaced a pass, having a passing completion rate of 96.1%.
With fellow Premier League clubs forking out £30/£40 million for top quality talent, Arsenal fans must be delighted with the cheap signing of Elneny.
Upon arriving at the Emirates, Wenger discussed the qualities of the 23-year-old - interestingly not mentioning his passing ability.
“Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad,” he told Arsenal Player.
“First, he has not come in straight to a big club, he had an intermediate stay in Europe so the adaptation is less of a question mark.”
Wenger continued: "He is 23 years old and has already got Champions League, Europa League and Swiss League experience. He is a player who is adaptable in midfield.
“He can be box to box and be a holding midfielder so that is for us very promising. We wanted a versatile player and I wanted a player who can play defensive but can as well play to box to box.
“His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level,” he added.
However, other than Elneny breaking the passing record, it appears the club will end the campaign empty-handed.
Despite the victory against Watford on Saturday, Wenger’s side remain 11 points behind league leaders Leicester - although they do have a game in hand.
Arsenal need to be pretty much faultless from now until May but face tough away trips to the likes of West Ham and Manchester City.
They were humbled at home to Saturday’s opponents in the FA Cup quarter-final while they were thrashed by Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Champions League.
Failure to overhaul Leicester would mean the club have gone 12 seasons without winning the league title, something which has seen some Gooners call for Wenger to resign.
They also want Wenger to spend big to bring in some world-class talents but they won't be complaining if he continues to produce bargain signings like Elneny.