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Arsene Wenger: The reasons why I signed Mohamed Elneny from Basel


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the technical level, vision and intelligence of new signing Mohamed Elneny were all reasons why he brought the 23-year-old to the Emirates.

The Egyptian international moved to London for an estimated fee of £5m after leaving Swiss side Basel.

He is the first winter signing for the club but according to reports, the Frenchman wants to add at least one more players to his squad before the end of the market window.

"Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"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.

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

"His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.

"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."

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