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Mohamed Elneny: I'm at Arsenal to fight for trophies

Mohamed Elneny says he's with Arsenal to win trophies.

The Egypt midfielder admits he's always chosen his clubs in order to compete for titles.

He explained to arsenal.com: “I play for one of the best clubs in the world, and sometimes when I see the badge, see my name on the shirt, it makes me stop and think. It makes me proud, it's what I dreamed of when I was young and now I am here. Playing for one of the best clubs in the world is something that is incredible for me.

“It's funny because I have always told myself that I cannot play for a team that isn't always fighting for trophies. Throughout my career, at whatever level I've played, I've always been at a team that can fight for the trophies. I need that to inspire me and motivate me.

"Some smaller clubs are just happy to stay in the league, or are not fighting for trophies. I cannot do that, I mean really I can't do that, I need the motivation of playing for something, to win.

“Always it's been like that, whatever level I played at. When I played in Switzerland, I was at Basel and we won the league four times. My agent said to me at some points 'this club is interested in you' and I would say that no, I couldn't go. Even if it's a bigger club elsewhere, I need to be playing where we fight for trophies. I want to win, I need to win something. Just playing to stay in the league is not enough.

“It was the same when I went out on loan three years ago. I had lots of options from different clubs – some in England, some in Italy – but none of them were playing for anything. So when Besiktas came in, and I saw they are one of the best clubs in Turkey, always playing for the league and the cups, I said yes, I will go there. I need to have that motivation. I am inspired by winning. Even when I play games with my kids! I need that competition."



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