It was another starting XI decision that baffled Arsenal fans, and it proved to be another episode in weird Unai Emery team selections.
After coming off at half-time against Everton in a 1-0 loss to the Toffees two weeks prior, many thought we had seen the last of Mohamed Elneny in an Arsenal starting XI this season, but when the Egyptian midfielder was picked in the Gunners must-win match against Crystal Palace, a hint of what was to come was already predicted by supporters.
In a disjointed midfield duo again with Matteo Guendouzi, Elneny and the French youngster just didn’t click together as the Gunners succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at home to the Eagles, with the former FC Basel man coming off in the 68th minute for Lucas Torreira after Arsenal went 3-1 down.
Elneny’s fall from a decent squad player to a figure many fans can’t wait to see the midfielder be shown the exit door this summer, and for the remainder of the season with each game suddenly becoming as important as the next, Emery might be smart to avoid using the Egyptian for the remaining matches.
With Aaron Ramsey out for at least three weeks, Elneny might yet again find himself in an Arsenal starting XI this season, but with Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira being rested for the bigger games, Emery needs to realise that playing his two strongest midfielders in each remaining game is a risk he has to take if the Gunners are to secure Champions League football.
Elneny has been a good servant for Arsenal considering the number of games he has played for the club at the price Arsene Wenger signed him for, but with matches becoming way too important and better options waiting on the wings, the Egyptian shouldn’t be considered an option for the rest of the season.
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