Mohamed Elneny believes that if he hadn’t been rejected as a youngster by Al Ahly, he may not have ended up at Premier League giants Arsenal.
The 24-year-old Pharaohs player started out his career with Al Ahly as a youngster, but he was ultimately released by the team.
Elneny went on to kick start his young career with Arab Contractors, where he caught the eye of Swiss side FC Basel. From there, he was snapped up by Arsenal in early 2016.
“They [Al Ahly] told me that I am not good enough,” Elneny explained in regards to his departure from Al Ahly.
“I am happy that I got rejected, I might have not been at Arsenal if I wasn’t.
“My father was very upset, but I told him that I will make him proud,” the midfielder added.