Egyptian football player Mohamed El Neny has officially signed a deal with England’s Arsenal Football Club, making him the club’s first Egyptian player.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the move on Wednesday night at a press conference, saying, “El Neny will of course join us.”
The football club also issued a statement welcoming the “experienced” player.
23-year-old El Neny is set to spend four and a half years as Arsenal’s newest defensive midfielder, after playing for Switzerland’s FC Basel for three years.
Prior to taking his football career to Europe in January 2013, El Neny played for Egypt’s El Mokawloon (The Contractors). El Neny’s tenure in the football club was short-lived, however, due to the Egyptian Premier League being halted following the 2012 Port Said stadium massacre.
Many have compared his journey to that of Mohamed Salah, who also left El Mokawloon to join FC Basel. Salah signed a deal with Chelsea in January 2014 but now plays for Italy’s AS Roma.