Arsenal signing Mohamed Elneny latest Egyptian to play in Premier League

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Arsenal have conducted their first piece of transfer business this January with the capture of midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Swiss side FC Basel.

The 23-year-old has become the first outfield player to sign for the club since Gabriel arrived from Spanish side Villarreal last January, with Petr Cech the Gunners’ solitary signing in the summer.

He also becomes the latest Egyptian to chance his arm in the Premier League, so here GiveMeSport remembers some of the best – and worst – of his countrymen to grace English soil.


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Amr Zaki

For a few brief months back in the 2008-09 season, Amr Zaki was one of the most prolific marksmen in the top flight and – according to the geniuses at FIFA – was also the best striker in world football.

He signed for Wigan Athletic and immediately hit the ground running, scoring ten league goals to put him above the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen for the season.

There was fleeting speculation of a move to Liverpool, but problems off the pitch consequently stunted his development and he finally retired last summer after spending years in the wilderness.


Zaki’s old strike partner Mido retired back in 2013, after a seven-year spell that saw him leave Roma and end up at Barnsley.

The 32-year-old was at one point a difficult striker to play against, and 13 goals in 36 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur convinced manager Martin Jol to sign him on a permanent basis from the Italian club.

However, he left for Middlesborough in the summer of 2007 and scored just six domestic goals in three years before a succession of spells at other clubs – West Ham United and Ajax amongst them – before his retirement.

Hossam Ghaly

After impressing in the Netherlands with Feyenoord, Jol swooped for midfielder Hossam Ghaly instilled with the belief he would add steel and bite to his midfield.

Yet the 34-year-old was instead a major disappointment, and frustrated supporters by throwing his shirt to the floor after being substituted in a league match with Blackburn Rovers.

Ghaly has since found solace back in his homeland with Al Ahly SC, who he has captained since joining in 2014.

Mohamed Salah

It would be harsh to label Mohamed Salah a flop – he still may yet make the grade at Chelsea – but it looks increasingly likely that the winger will have to face up to a future away from the capital.

Jose Mourinho sent him to Fiorentina on loan last season, and after a successful spell,      is spending this campaign with their fierce rivals Roma instead.

However, he has not been quite the player the Italians would have hoped for, scoring just six goals in 19 appearances so far.

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