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Elneny out to emulate Henry as Arsenal legend

2017-01-25 13:31
Mohamed Elneny.(Getty Images)

London - Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has set his sights on emulating Thierry Henry by becoming a "legend" with the Gunners.

The Egypt international has been an Arsenal player for 12 months, after making the move to the Emirates Stadium from Basel in the 2016 January window, but has been used sparingly by Arsene Wenger so far.

The 24-year-old has proven to be a competent player, but have only made 19 appearances for the London side, with only six coming in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Elneny is confident that his long-term future lies with Arsenal.

"I want to be a legend at this club," Elneny told the Daily Mail.

"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.

"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."

Elneny is currently away on international duty with the Pharoahs at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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