Arsenal’s ‘forgotten man’ like a new signing after impressing Mikel Arteta

Mohamed Elneny made such an impression for Arsenal in this weekend's win over Manchester United it's like they've made a new signing.

That's according to Martin Keown, who has heaped praise on the way the Egyptian has turned things around at Arsenal.

Elneny, 28, spent last season on loan at Turkish club Besiktas and was tipped to leave the Gunners in the summer transfer window.

He remained at Arsenal, and has featured sporadically so far this season in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

On Sunday Mikel Arteta started him in midfield for the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. And the Egyptian put in a sensational display as the Gunners took all three points from the contest.

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Reflecting on Arsenal 's performance, Keown told BBC Sport: "It was in midfield where Arsenal took control of the game, and that was mainly down to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

"The Gunners have struggled in that area in the past, but Partey is looking like a very good signing and Elneny has made such an improvement that it feels like he is a new addition too.

"Elneny appeared to be on his way out of the club before Arteta took charge at the end of last year. I like the way Arteta has given him another opportunity – and also how the Egyptian has taken it.

"It is still early days, but Partey and Elneny worked really well together here and it could be the start of a really productive partnership, at least in the short term.

"There was talk that Arteta wanted Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the last transfer window as well as Partey. Aouar might provide a bit more creativity in there too in the future but, for now, being solid is a good place to start."

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