Mohamed Elneny is lighting up Arsenal after winning over Mikel Arteta with his sunny disposition.
The Egyptian international has been a bit-part player at the Emirates ever since he was signed from Basel for a bargain £5million fee almost five years ago.
And it looked as though he had reached the end of the road when he was shipped out on loan to Besiktas by Unai Emery last season.
But Arteta never forgot Elneny’s prodigious work ethic during his final few months as a player before he hung up his boots in 2016.
Now Elneny is finally getting the recognition his efforts deserve after playing a key role in Sunday’s breakthrough win at Manchester United.
Arteta said: “I like players who have zero ego, who want to contribute to the team whether it’s for one minute or 96 minutes and contribute all the time to our culture by giving positive feedback all the time.
“That’s not just on the pitch, but also on the training ground when you are not selected. What can you bring to the group, how can you help and what are you contributing?
“What Mo transmits to the team is special. Don’t forget that I played with him and I know his qualities as a person.”
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