Mo Elneny kept his place in the first eleven, as we went on to beat Fulham 3-0 in the season opener.
The Egyptian spent last season on loan in Turkey. But has impressed since his return to the team. He points out one noticeable change in the team.
“We feel like we are more aggressive, like everyone just wants to give 100 per cent,” Elneny told Arsenal.com.
“This was what we missed in Arsenal, because at Arsenal we always loved to play football but we didn’t care [enough] about giving 100 per cent. But now we can see that everyone does, even the kit man!
“Everyone has to give 100 per cent because this is a great club and everyone has to work really hard to push this club to win the Premier League, to win everything, because we have quality players, we have the facilities, we have the family. Everyone is great in this club.”
The midfielder has been linked with a move away from the team this season. But Mikel Arteta has expressed confidence in him as he looks set to stay.
“I feel really happy and I have to thank Mikel Arteta for giving me a chance to play,” said Elneny.
“I know it’s not easy to be on loan and come back to Arsenal and I’m really happy because I made everyone feel like I was not away from the team. This makes me really happy and I have to thank Mikel Arteta because he helped me a lot to feel like this.
“He speaks to me always, saying things like ‘we need you on the team’ and he is always giving me good feedback and always pushing me to get the best from me. I’m really happy to be here.
“I’ll give 100 per cent every day in the training and if they give me a chance to play, I will always give 100 per cent. Because it’s the best for me, to play always in regular games and to give 100 per cent to the team, to help the team to win and make sure that we’re going to build a team to be strong in the Premier League.”
Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at El Neny.
“I really like Mo and what he brings to the squad, in terms of his personality as well. At a football level, I think he needs a little bit of belief. He has some doubts about whether we can trust him or not.”
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him, he fully deserves his chance. He trains every day with the best spirit. He wants to learn and he is performing really well.”