Mohamed Elneny has described his delight at being a member of the Arsenal “family”, while expressing his desire to become a club legend like Thierry Henry.
Elneny joined the Gunners in January 2016 from Basel for a fee of around £5million, and has been a valued member of the squad ever since.
The midfielder made 16 appearances in all competitions during his first season, and 19 in this campaign.
The Egpytian wants to become a Gunners legend, akin to all-time record goalscorer Thierry Henry.
When asked how he felt upon joining the club a year ago, the 24-year-old told the Daily Mail: “I didn’t believe it at the start. I know I played well at Basel, but it was always a dream to go to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“When you have a dream, and your dream comes true, of course you don’t believe it straight away.
“Wenger is the best coach in the world, so when he called me… it means I’m going in the right direction.
“It’s been a great year for me,
“Playing in England, at one of the best five clubs in the world.
“Since I arrived, I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. Not just playing for the club, but the country itself. The friends I’m making, the supporters. The whole atmosphere around the football. It’s been one of the best years of my life.
“In Basel, I gained experience. But when I came to England, and Arsenal, I adapted so quickly because I felt straight away it was like a family, a whole big family. You are someone new, but they embrace you. They bring you in.
“Everyone loves each other. When you feel like people love you, and they want you around, that makes you adapt quickly, you enjoy being there.
“I want to be a legend at this club.
“Like Thierry Henry. I mean, obviously not exactly like him. I have my own personality, my own character. I want to be different to anyone that’s gone before.
“But since I got here, I’ve always had that in mind. I wanted to become an Arsenal legend.”