Mohamed Elneny tells the story of his move to Arsenal, and how they were actually scouting someone else

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Mohamed Elneny has revealed he was discovered by Arsenal while they were scouting one of his team-mates.

The Egyptian midfielder moved to north London from Swiss side Basel for £5million in January this year.

Elneny has settled in quickly at Arsenal, but admitted his move to the Premier League owes a lot to defender Fabian Schar.

“I was very happy when I joined Arsenal but I asked one of my friends how the negotiations started and if they had scouted me before, the 24-year-old told DMC Sports.

“He told me that Arsenal officials were scouting Fabian Schär in the first place, and that’s when they noticed me.

“All of us at Basel knew that Schär was linked with Arsenal and at every season’s end, we congratulated him as the move was close to completion, according to Schär himself. But afterwards, things changed quickly.

“My agent told me that Arsenal officials came many times to watch Schär but they were impressed every time by my performances and development and they went on to sign me instead.”

 

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