Arsenal have signed Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny for a reported fee of £5m.
Elneny arrives from Basel and is expected to be in the squad for Sunday’s game against Stoke City.
“It is an indescribable feeling, I am really glad of course,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Arsenal is one of the world’s greatest teams, and I am very keen to participate positively with my new team, God willing, and to give my best for the team and for myself.”
Wenger said:”His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level.
“I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.”
The 23-year-old started his youth career with top Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly before he moved on and started his professional career with El Mokawloon. He made 35 league appearances there before he joined Basel, where he made 91 appearances.
Since 2011 he has been a key member of the Egyptian national team, and he competed in the 2012 Olympics when they made it to the Quarter-Finals.
Elneny comes with Champions League experience after featuring in the Basel team that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Group Stages back in 2013-14. He will be able to appear in this season’s competition after Basel failed to qualify for the Group Stages.
Arsenal have been yearning for a player like Elneny, especially after the injury to Francis Coquelin earlier in the season. He will have to work to make his way into the Arsenal team with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Mathieu Flamini all filling up the midfield
Egyptian players have had a mixed time in the Premier League with the likes of Mido and Amr Zaki initially impressing before falling away. The most recent Egyptian to join a Premier League club was Mohammed Salah, who struggled to live up to the hype following his move from Basel. In many ways the situation never opened up for him to feature for Chelsea as his position was already largely covered for.
Perhaps the most successful Egyptian in English football has been Ahmed Elmohamady; the 28-year-old has become a key figure for Hull City since joining in 2013 and is one of the Championship’s best full-backs.