Mohamed Elneny made his long-awaited debut for Arsenal in their 2-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Egyptian, who signed for the Gunners earlier this month, played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal secured their place in the fifth-round draws thanks to goals by Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal fans were excited about watching their new man and reacted to his performance with great enthusiasm, praising the 23-year-old’s energy, pace and willingness to shoot.
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Some even went as far as to dub the former Basel player the new Patrick Vieira.
Elneny’s display got fans dreaming that the Elneny-Francis Coquelin centre-midfield partnership can be as good as Vieira’s was with Gilberto Silva.
Despite playing in defensive midfield, Gunners supporters were pleased that their latest signing was willing to try his luck from range.
Could Elneny’s arrival be the start of a new shoot-on-sight policy at the Emirates?
Elneny had five shots, two of which were on target, and completed 95 per cent of his passes. There’s certainly reason for Arsenal to be optimistic that he can be an important factor in their bid to land a first Premier League title since 2004.
The one man Elneny would have been itching to impress was manager Arsene Wenger, and if the Frenchman’s post-game quotes are anything to go by, he certainly achieved that.
It’s easy to overhype a player on his debut and Arsenal fans shouldn’t be sold on one FA Cup tie against Championship opposition. Yet Elneny’s debut was a success and will help ease him into the rigours of English football.