There’s a good feeling amongst the Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern following their impressive Community Shield win over Chelsea, with both of their new signings playing well at Wembley.
Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac both look like adding an extra dimension for the Gunners, though they weren’t the only two to delight our punters propping up the bar during the annual season curtain raiser.
Indeed, Mohamed Elneny proved imperious in central midfield next Granit Xhaka against the Blues, suggesting Arsene Wenger has plenty of options in the engine room, even without the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
The Egyptian has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, reportedly snubbing a move to Leicester City, even after the Gooners apparently accepted a £10m offer. However, his outing at Wembley yesterday has boosted his popularity amongst our north London locals and the 25-year-old looks set for a big season for the club.
Which is why comments made to beIN Sports (via Arseblog) after the game have gone down so well amongst our Arsenal-mad punters. The former FC Basel man has revealed he’ll be STAYING with the Premier League giants next season, much to the delight of our drinkers.
“That was my best game for Arsenal”, he’s quoted as saying.
”I am giving all that I have on the field for the team thanks to God and to the support I have from the coach and my team-mates.
“I am 100 per cent concentrated and I’ll give my best to the team day after day.”
“I am staying at Arsenal this season.”
With Arsenal in dire need of a big season after a pretty disappointing campaign last time out, they need all the help they can get.
Chelsea proved just what not competing in the Champions League can do for you in terms of domestic competition, so having a player as talented as Elneny competing for a central midfield berth is very good news indeed.