Arsenal and Egyptian star Mohamed Elneny believes his encouraging start to life at Arsenal is down to the fact that the North London outfit is one big family.
The former Basel man has quickly established himself as an important member of the first-team squad since signing from Basel in January, and recently won his second consecutive Vitality Player of the Month award.
The Egypt international attributes his initial success to the friendly welcome he’s received since arriving in London.
“I feel like I have joined a big family rather than a football club. Everyone has been so welcoming, friendly and helpful ever since my arrival, and this has made my life a lot easier and has helped me adapt quickly to life at this club.
“The members of the family complete each other, from Arsène Wenger to the groundstaff. Even the club’s chairman is part of this family.
“I like to speak and joke with everyone and they all treat me the same. I consider them all as brothers and I am really happy about life here at Arsenal.
“Everybody around me speaks English and this helps me to improve my language skills. It’s completely different from Switzerland where they tend to speak German most of the time and only a few spoke English.
“I think people around me began to notice that I’m improving day after day. To be honest improving my English helped me a lot to settle in.” Elneny told the Arsenal magazine.
Elneny who made his debut for Arsenal in a 2–1 win against Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup, on 30 January scored his first Arsenal goal in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg defeat against FC Barcelona. He was later awarded Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for March. He also starred in April combining well with Aaron Ramsey, winning another Player Of The Month.