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Arsenal hero Keown praises Arteta for Elneny revival

Arsenal hero Martin Keown has praised manager Mikel Arteta over the revival of Mohamed Elneny.

Elneny again impressed for victory at Manchester United on Sunday.

Keown told BBC Sport: "It was in midfield where Arsenal took control of the game, and that was mainly down to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

"The Gunners have struggled in that area in the past, but Partey is looking like a very good signing and Elneny has made such an improvement that it feels like he is a new addition too.

"Elneny appeared to be on his way out of the club before Arteta took charge at the end of last year. I like the way Arteta has given him another opportunity – and also how the Egyptian has taken it.

"It is still early days, but Partey and Elneny worked really well together here and it could be the start of a really productive partnership, at least in the short term.

"There was talk that Arteta wanted Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the last transfer window as well as Partey. Aouar might provide a bit more creativity in there too in the future but, for now, being solid is a good place to start."

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