It was perhaps the clearest sign of what Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is now able to extract from players that have been underperforming for several years.
Into stoppage time at Old Trafford, a venue where Arsenal haven't won since 2006, Mohamed Elneny first pressed Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, then when the ball was passed to Luke Shaw, he chased after the left-back and cut off his passing lanes.
Elneny forces Shaw to pass backwards to Lindelof and then hassles the Swede into a heavy touch which sees the ball go out of play.
On the touchline, Arteta is energetically clapping his hands at Elneny's selfless work and it was vital to Arsenal completing an impressive 1-0 win.
After the match, Elneny said: “It feels really amazing, I feel really happy.
“It is special to win against Manchester United here.
“We know it is a long time since we won here. We gave 100 per cent and everyone worked really hard for it.
“We know how special it is for us today, that’s why we gave everything to win this game.”
Amid the praise for Elneny, footage soon emerged of the Egyptian replicate the energy he showed but against CSKA Moscow in 2018.
On that night, Elneny bagged two assists as Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and seal a place in Europa League semi-finals.
But in the 90th minute again, Elneny is leading the press against Moscow and pushing them back towards their goal.
And it is those attributes which Arteta values so highly, as shown in his post-match comments on Sunday.
“What Mo transmits to the team is special,” Arteta said. “He has this energy as a person.
“He goes in the room and he creates that atmosphere. Today I said that we needed that energy and that positive feeling that he brings all the time. I think he was tremendous.
“Obviously I played with him so I know his qualities and who he is as a person, and what he brings to the squad. I like players that have zero ego, who play for the team, who want to contribute regardless of what it is, whether that’s one minute or 96 minutes or just by being there and giving positive feedback all the time.
“He contributes to our culture and is a person who admired by everyone at the football club. And now I think his qualities he’s showing as a footballer, I always believed he had them.”
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