Wenger lists five main strengths of new Arsenal signing Elneny

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has highlighted the five main qualities of Mohamed Elneny after unveiling Arsenal’s first January signing.

Elneny was officially announced as an Arsenal player on Thursday after completing a protracted £5.2million move from Basle.

Wenger is convinced that the 23-year-old has the qualities to be a significant addition to his squad.

“His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.

“Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad. 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.

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“He is 23 years old and has already got Champions League, Europa League and Swiss League experience.”

Wenger also highlighted the versatility of the Egyptian, who has earned 40 caps for his national team.

The manager explained: “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.

“Where he needs to adapt is to the challenges, the force needed in the Premier League to survive. I think that could demand a little bit of adaptation. But overall I think he has all the attributes to do well.”

Middle man: Wenger is confident Elneny can be an integral midfielder for Arsenal

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday afternoon that Elneny had finally been granted a visa before flying to London on Wednesday to complete his protracted move to the Londoners.

Elneny must be registered with the Premier League before 12pm on Friday in order to be eligible for the Gunners’ trip to Stoke on Sunday afternoon.

Manager Arsene Wenger might decide that he is not ready to play in such a demanding fixture after being holed up in France since his last training session with Basle more than a week ago.