By Dominic Toner
Mohamed Elneny has been named on the bench against Basel – and Arsenal supporters are disappointed on Twitter with the decision.
The 24-year-old midfielder has missed out on the starting line up against his former club Basel in the Champions League group game.
Arsene Wenger has made two changes from Saturday’s match against Chelsea with Granit Xhaka and David Ospina coming into the side.
Petr Cech and Francis Coquelin have been dropped from the team, with the latter sustaining an injury against Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsenal announced their line up on their official Twitter account.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 28, 2016
Elneny is competing for a starting position in a highly competitive midfield and has made just five appearances so far this season.
The Gunners have preferred Santi Cazorla and Coquelin in their opening group games and have used Xhaka for the European clash, but still Welshman Aaron Ramsey to return from injury.
Elneny moved to the Emirates in January and has made 20 appearances so far for the club, scoring one goal and supplying two assists.
Arsenal supporters have expressed their frustration on Twitter that Elneny has been left out of the starting XI on Wednesday night.
— Rohin Mehta (@iamrohin77) September 28, 2016
Like the lineup. Would like Elneny to get in against his old squad, though. #COYG
— Brys (@ThaBeach88) September 28, 2016
I like the line up. Would've wanted Elneny/Ox tho
— Drew (@ArseneWengod) September 28, 2016
Happy with that XI, hopefully grab a few goals and get the likes of Elneny in the mix sooner rather than later.
— Drew Walters (@a_walt3rs) September 28, 2016
Shame Elneny doesn't get the start. Still don't think Xhaka-Cazorla gets the most out of the individual players but we'll see.
— Rationally Biased (@RationaIBias) September 28, 2016
Strong XI from Arsene, would have brought in Gibbs and Elneny personally but momentum 👍
— Steven O'Neill (@StevenONeill4) September 28, 2016
hope Elneny gets a chance to start this weekend then
— Banternal (@Thee_Tarbi) September 28, 2016
Disappointed he's not put Big Mo Elneny in tonight and starting to suspect he wants to keep Cazorla in CM even when Ramsey is back.
— amrit (@_socoamaretto) September 28, 2016
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