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Arsenal midfielder Elneny: I'm part of a big family rather than a football club

Mohamed Elneny credits Arsenal's homely environment for his impressive performances since his winter arrival.

Elneny joined Arsenal from Basel in a £5million deal during the January transfer window and the midfielder has already managed to establish himself as a regular starter for the Gunners.

Fans have been impressed with Elneny's performances so far and the Egyptian international has stated that his instant adaptation to life in England has been due to the fact that Arsenal feel like a family to him rather than a football club.

Elneny told the Arsenal magazine: "I feel like I have joined a big family rather than a football club. Everyone has been so welcoming, friendly and helpful ever since my arrival, and this has made my life a lot easier and has helped me adapt quickly to life at this club.

"The members of the family complete each other, from Arsène Wenger to the groundstaff. Even the club's chairman is part of this family.

"I like to speak and joke with everyone and they all treat me the same. I consider them all as brothers and I am really happy about life here at Arsenal.

"Everybody around me speaks English and this helps me to improve my language skills. It's completely different from Switzerland where they tend to speak German most of the time and only a few spoke English.

"I think people around me began to notice that I'm improving day after day. To be honest improving my English helped me a lot to settle in."

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