Arsene Wenger has discussed the strengths of new Arsenal signing Mohamed Elneny, but says he need “to know more about him”.
Elneny finally joined the Gunners from FC Basel this week in a deal thought to be worth around £7.4million, with the Egyptian offering much-needed midfielder cover.
Wenger confirmed that Elneny could feature against Stoke on Sunday, and was full of praise for his new signing.
“He’s a defensive midfielder who can contribute in an area that we are short. He is a promising player. I expect him to develop with us into a very strong player. He can defend and attack. He’s available for Sunday.
“I bought Elneny because he can play with a defensive player or be the defensive player.
“I need to know more about him to see whether he becomes a defensive or box-to-box player.”
Discussing Elneny on Thursday, Wenger told Arsenal’s official website: “Overall I believe he will be a good addition to the squad. First he has not come in straight to a big club, he had an intermediate stay in Europe so the adaptation is less of a question mark.
“He is 23 years old and has already got Champions League, Europa League and Swiss League experience. He is a player who is adaptable in midfield.
“He can be box to box and be a holding midfielder so that is for us very promising. We wanted a versatile player and I wanted a player who can play defensive but can as well play to box to box.
“His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.”