Wenger confirms why Arsenal have agreed deal with 25-year-old star ahead of the summer

Arsene Wenger has spoken about his plans for the latest man to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club ahead of next season.

The Arsenal manager has witnessed several of his key players leave the club in the past due to contractual disputes.

Following the departure of Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window, the Gunners appear to be changing their policy in regards to contracts.

Thus, Arsenal decided to reward Mohamed Elneny with a new deal at the club on Monday, only two years after his move to north London.

The 25-year-old is yet to cement a regular place in the Gunners’ starting eleven but Wenger believes there is more to come from Elneny.

“He had a good pre-season, he absorbed a huge quantity of work and he takes advantage of it now, so it’s down to where he is needed,” Wenger said

“I will use him as a central defender in a three or in midfield.

“He is a fantastic team player and he is a credit to your country if you are Egyptian. He is a fantastic boy, we love him here.

“It took him some time to adapt to the intensity of the games and I think he was not aggressive enough for the Premier League [initially].

“But now he has added that to his game. People forget that Elneny is 25 years old.

“He is not 30 – he’s still a young player and his best years are in front of him.”

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