Xenia Sports – London
Mohamed Elneny insists there is a “fight” within the Arsenal squad to address their poor start to the Premier League season.
The Gunners cruised through their Europa League group, a 4-2 victory over Dundalk on Thursday night seeing them progress with six wins from as many games.
But it has been a different story domestically as defeat to Tottenham in the north London derby last weekend left Mikel Arteta’s side 15th in the table.
Arsenal’s last league win was a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on November 1 and they have scored just 10 goals in 11 matches, only the current bottom three have managed fewer.
With the Europa League now put to bed until February, Elneny – who scored the pick of the goals against Dundalk with a fine long-range effort – believes the collective spirit among the Arsenal players will help them turn their league form around.
“We focus on the Premier League now because we are losing a few games, we know it is hard but we have stuck together as a team always,” he said.
“We have stuck together, everyone at Arsenal, we know there is more to come from us and we need to fight and give everything to get into that winning way because we deserve it.
“We give everything on the pitch and we just had bad luck sometimes. Football is like that sometimes but we believe we are going to get back to winning ways.”
Elneny starred alongside Thomas Partey in midfield as Arsenal won at Old Trafford but he has featured just once in the league since having been sidelined by a positive Covid-19 test.
The Egypt international was one of several fringe players to stake a claim for a place against Burnley on Sunday with a good display in Dublin and the 28-year-old feels ready to make his return.
“Of course, I’m always prepared to be involved and give everything to my team to help them win the game,” he added.
“We did what we need to do and now we push on to do what we need to do and what we need to do is win on Sunday.
“Before the game I felt like I was going to score tonight, we started aggressively and pressed high.”