Everyone at Arsenal loves Mohamed Elneny, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger believes Mohamed Elneny is starting to show his best form for Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has had to be happy with a place on the fringes of the Arsenal first team since joining from Basel in January 2016.

But this season the Egypt international has taken on a more pivotal role, especially in the Europa League where he has featured in all of the Gunners’ games.

Wenger’s side will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of that competition later this month, with Elneny no doubt hopeful of being involved.

He set up both of Arsenal’s goals as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their quarter-final on Thursday, helping the Premier League side to a 6-3 aggregate win.

“He a super-popular player and everybody inside the club loves him,” Wenger told the club’s official website.

“But he’s not only loved, he is also a very good player and he showed that in Moscow.

“In the second half in Moscow he played in defence then afterwards, when he moved back into the middle of the park, he gave assists.

“He works hard and is generous. Overall, I think he did very well.”

With 57 caps, Elneny will return to Russia as part of the Egypt World Cup squad this summer and will still be an Arsenal player having extended his contract last month.

Wenger went on to reveal there had been some interest in the midfielder, who saw a late red card in last weekend’s 3-2 Premier League win over Southampton rescinded earlier this week.

“I never wanted him to leave, I always wanted him to stay,” the Arsenal boss added. “I must say that we had demands for him but he always wanted to stay too.

“And I’m very happy (about the red card decision) because I think it was a wise decision and he will be available for Newcastle.”

While the decision to overturn his dismissal means Elneny will be available to feature at St James’ Park, Arsenal could be without two other midfielders.

Granit Xhaka missed the trip to Moscow through illness while Aaron Ramsey played the whole 90 minutes despite requiring staples in a nasty cut to his leg in the first half.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available having been cup-tied in the Europa League but fellow January recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still sidelined with a knee injury.

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Roma troll Tottenham star Harry Kane with a little help from Mohamed Salah

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AS Roma have trolled Tottenham striker Harry Kane for the bonus goal he was awarded recently.

The England star claimed Spurs’ winning goal against Stoke City, which earlier went down as a Christian Eriksen goal.

An appeal to the Premier League later resulted in Kane being awarded the goal and a prompt response from Liverpool forward and the Golden Boot race leader Mohamed Salah, quoted – “Wooooooow really ?”

The Italian club, Roma, though, took things to a whole new level as they posted a video on their official Twitter account, where they superimposed Kane’s image on top of Francesco Totti’s.

To make it look even better, the video was captioned – “Wooooooow really ?” as Roma made a reference to the tweet their former star made.

Well, you surely can’t afford to miss watching it!

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah leads shortlist for PFA Player of the Year with Man United star in the mix

Karan Dewan 14/04/2018
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne are among the six names shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.

After already scoring 29 goals in the Premier League, Salah, who moved from Roma, has been instrumental in keeping Liverpool inside the top four and is favourite to win the award.

Here we take a look at all six candidates.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City)

The Belgium playmaker has flourished in Pep Guardiola’s system, with his killer final balls and goal-scoring providing some of the most memorable highlights of City’s march towards the title.

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De Bruyne leads the Premier League with 15 assists.

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DAVID DE GEA (Manchester United)

A string of outstanding performances and improbable saves have made De Gea a key figure in United’s league campaign.

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Only Manchester City have conceded fewer Premier League goals, 24, than United’s 25 – and they have faced only 201 shots to the 378 taken on De Gea’s goal.

David De Gea of Man Utd

HARRY KANE (Tottenham)

The England frontman may come up short to Salah in his bid for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot but looks set to fire Spurs to a top-four finish once again.

Did you know?

Kane is the only one of last year’s six nominees to also appear on this season’s list.

Harry Kane 19

MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

The Egypt international’s relentless form in Liverpool’s front line means Philippe Coutinho has not been missed since his January move to Barcelona.

Did you know?

Salah has been directly involved in 50 goals in all competitions this season – scoring 39, with 11 assists – in just 44 appearances.

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LEROY SANE (Manchester City)

One of two players, along with Kane, nominated for both the main award and young player of the year, the winger has popped up with nine goals and 12 assists in his second Premier League season.

Did you know?

Sane is still awaiting his first senior international goal after 11 appearances for Germany.

sane

DAVID SILVA (Manchester City)

Despite missing several games for personal reasons after the premature birth of his son, the Spain star remains integral to the success of Guardiola’s side.

Did you know?

Silva has reached double figures for Premier League assists for the third time with 11, matching his tally from two years ago while he had 15 in 2011-12.

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