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Elneny receives Shaaban praise for adjusting so well at Arsenal

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Rami Shaaban has heaped praise on midfielder Mohamed Elnenny for adjusting so well at his new club.

The Egyptian international, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a January move from Swiss giants FC Basel, has impressed in his recent appearances for the Gunners which has prompted words of praise from former gloveman Shaman.

"Coming from where he has, taking that step from Basel to Arsenal, can be challenging," Swede Shaaban, whose father is also Egyptian, told Arsenal.com. "But some people manage to do it really well and he has definitely adapted.

"Looking at Egyptian players historically, there have been some amazing talents but only a few have been able to take that step. I think that Mohamed Elneny will be one of them. I think he's going to fit the club perfectly and listening to what the boss says about him as well only makes me more convinced.

"Football is like a religion for Egyptians, especially with the tough times in Egypt at the moment. I remember when I went to Egypt. It was like a superstar had arrived at the airport. For me it was a shock.

"You can't compare that with Sweden. In Egypt, they really praise their stars. He has really adapted and I hope he gets more and more time. But it will take time. I hope he can make that step to be a regular and become something really big at Arsenal."

Vyom Chaudhary
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