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Arsenal have confirmed that they have rewarded midfielder Mohamed Elneny with a new long-term deal. The Egypt international has been with the club for more than two seasons, and he has now penned a fresh contract which has prolonged his stay beyond the stipulated length of the previous deal, that was due to expire in June 2020.

A statement released by the club read: “We’re pleased to announce that Mo Elneny has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The midfielder has made 65 appearances for us since joining in January 2016. He began his senior career with El Mokawloon in the Egyptian Premier League before joining Swiss club Basel in 2013, helping them to three Super League titles. Mo is an experienced international and was part of the squad that recently helped Egypt qualify for this summer’s World Cup – their first appearance since 1990.”

The 25-year-old has not produced swashbuckling performances in the Gunners shirt, but he has good engine room in him with the ability to provide passes with pin-point accuracy. Elneny is likely to continue to play a backup role in the future, but the Gunners can be rest assured that the Egyptian will give his best whenever he is called upon for Premier League duties.

Meanwhile, the club’s focus may not shift towards the contract situations of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, who could potentially leave the Emirates at the end of the season. Wilshere has a contract expiring in three months’ time, and his current standoff does not seem to be helping the Gunners’ quest to extend his stay.

Ramsey, on the other hand, has yet to receive any sort of contract offer on the table, but it is believed that he may also play hardball in negotiations after the wage packages offered to the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Welshman will enter the final year of his deal during the summer.