He’s more similar to Aaron Ramsey than Francis Coquelin

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Arsenal supporters have been crying out for a new defensive midfielder for years now, not simply in the last couple of transfer windows alone with the likes of William Carvalho and Lars Bender highly sought-after.

But the player they’re receiving in Mohamed Elneny isn’t necessarily a defensive midfielder. Having proved he’s capable in that position for FC Basel in recent years, the Egyptian’s game is more about winning the ball back and then pressing forward in a box-to-box kind of role.

Most similar to Aaron Ramsey in the current Gunners set up, what does seem certain is that like Francis Coquelin previously, Arsene Wenger will drum into Elneny that defensive duties must come first, especially in the second half of the season where Arsenal have to be ruthlessly efficient to claim a first league title in years.

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