Arsenal midfielder urged to seek fresh challenge elsewhere

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has been urged to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere by his former boss Hamdy Nouh after struggling to break into the Premier League mix during the ongoing season.

The Egypt international was rewarded with a fresh long-term contract with the Gunners in March this year and he had thereafter been fancied to play an influential role with the upcoming manager after Arsene Wenger announced his departure.

However, with Emery at the helm, the former Basel man has failed to break into the top-flight mix with just one appearance and he has had to adjust regularly with gametime in the League Cup and Europa League matches.

Amidst this, Nouh, who is the manager of Elneny’s former club El Mokawloon, believes the midfielder should at least pursue a temporary move away from the Emirates Stadium next month in order to regain his lost confidence.

Emery’s struggles for playing time this season have come about from the summer signings of Mateo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, who have managed to jump ahead of him in the preference order under Emery.

His sole Premier League start for the campaign came during the recent 1-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town but even during that game, he was hauled off before the hour mark with Torreira entering the fray.

Based on this, it quite rightfully seems that Emery does not fancy the prospect of the Egyptian starting in the league more often and the midfielder may have to continue impressing in the Cup competitions or else pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Elneny should feature on the bench during the upcoming Premier League game against Fulham on New Year’s Day but he could thereafter make the starting lineup for the FA Cup third round tie against Blackpool on the road.

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