CIES Football Observatory have released their performance rankings over the last 30 days and Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny is surprisingly the second-best Premier League player on the list.
Yep, you didn’t just misread that. Elneny, a player who was almost guaranteed to leave Arsenal last summer, is the Premier League’s second-most efficient performer over the last month, and the 12th-best in Europe.
The Egyptian, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2016, has been brilliant when called upon this season. He is by no means Mikel Arteta’s first-choice, but he has still been extremely reliable, and the rankings back that.
Over the last 30 days, Elneny has started all but one league game. He scored an excellent goal against Newcastle United at the start of this month, and his performances in the middle of the park have been extremely impressive.
He scores a staggering 90.3 score out of 100 in the rankings – only Leicester City defender Jonny Evans has a better score. Fellow Arsenal stars Willian and Granit Xhaka rank 10th and 12th respectively, while Joe Willock, who is currently on fire at Newcastle, comes third in the list just behind Elneny.
Those are four names most Arsenal fans wouldn’t have expected to see on the list. Elneny is arguably the most surprising one, but the Egyptian fully deserves it.
Should Arsenal give Mohamed Elneny a new contract?
The 28-year-old will enter the final year of his contract at the end of next month. Elneny publicly claimed in March that he is open to signing an extension should Arsenal offer him one. (Standard)
The Gunners will be short of options in the middle of the park this summer. Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock have been heavily linked with a move away, while Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Matteo Guendouzi are almost guaranteed to be sold.
That leaves us with Thomas Partey and Elneny, with the latter’s future still up in the air. His man of the match performance against Chelsea last week showed just how useful he is and that alone should convince Arsenal to give him a new deal in the coming weeks.