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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Elneny eyes treble with top gunners

New Arsenal recruit aims to hit ground running at the Emirates

Mohamed Elneny (left) in action for Basel against Liverpool's Joe Allen (PA)
Mohamed Elneny (left) in action for Basel against Liverpool's Joe Allen (PA)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dipped into the January transfer market with a £5m deal for Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basle (Reuters)

Arsenal's new signing Mohamed Elneny hopes his arrival can contribute towards an ambitious treble this season.

The Egypt international has completed a drawn-out £5million transfer from Basle "subject to the completion of regulatory processes" but he is expected to be registered in time to be involved at Stoke on Sunday.

And with the Gunners top of the Premier League, in the fourth round of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League there is plenty to play for.

The latter seems the toughest target to achieve with Arsene Wenger's side drawn against defending champions Barcelona, but that has not stopped Elneny setting his sights high.

"I am hoping that we win the Premier League and cup this season, and the Champions League as well," he said.

"Arsenal is one of the world's greatest teams, and I am very keen to participate positively with my new team and to give my best for the team and for myself.

"Arsenal is one of those teams that everyone enjoys watching and of course I would love to play for such a great team. It is an indescribable feeling (to have signed).

Promise

"Mr Wenger is a highly-respected manager and one of the world's best managers; it is my honour to be trained under his management.

"I would like to tell (the fans) that, although you have not seen much of me, I promise I will contribute positively with the team."

While the best Elneny could hope for is a place on the bench for Sunday's trip to Stoke, in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a key role.

The Wales international has scored in his last two matches, including his side's opener in the entertaining 3-3 draw at Anfield, and he admits he is confident about his sharpness in and around the penalty area.

"I am feeling confident in there," said Ramsey.

"I know my team-mates have the ability to pick my runs out and give that final ball for me to get on to it.

"It was a good ball from Joel (Campbell) again so I was delighted with that goal."

The game saw Olivier Giroud score twice, meaning he has found the net in the last 11 away matches, taking his tally to 18 for the season and 12 in the league.

"It shows character. Overall he is improving game-by-game and that is very positive," Wenger said.

"This team has quality and spirit. I could smell every time we went into the final third we could be dangerous."

They will need all that attacking intent at the Britannia Stadium where they have not won in five visits, including three defeats.

Ramsey added: "We have a tough game coming up against Stoke - we haven't found it easy the last few times we have been there but we will be looking to get back to winning ways and get back on another run."

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