Dani Ceballos defends Mohamed Elneny's brief Arsenal cameo v West Ham

‘Incredible professional… incredible team-mate!’: Former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos hits back at a fan video mocking Mohamed Elneny’s cameo against West Ham with a ‘highlights’ reel, hailing his former team-mate

  • Mohamed Elneny came on for the last seconds of Arsenal’s match on Boxing Day 
  • The Gunners won 3-1 through Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah 
  • Elneny was mocked for his brief cameo – but Dani Ceballos defended his role 
  • Ceballos, while on loan from Real Madrid, had two years together with Elneny

Dani Ceballos defended his former teammate Mohamed Elneny after “highlights” of the Egyptian’s short spell on the pitch at the end of Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham went viral.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta chose to take off Thomas Partey five minutes into stoppage time, replacing him with the 30-year-old Elneny.

An Arsenal fan posted the video of Elneny’s brief cameo appearance – where he did not touch the ball before the final whistle blew 10 seconds after the restart – and compared him to Andrea Pirlo in jest.

Dani Ceballos (R) has defended his former defender Mohamed Elneny after a brief appearance

However, Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos, who was on loan at Arsenal between 2019 and 2021, defended his former teammate Elneny. 

The 26-year-old tweeted: ‘incredible professional, incredible teammate. More players like that in football. a luxury player for the arsenal’, alongside a high-five emoji. 

Ceballos featured for two seasons at Arsenal alongside Elneny, while on loan from Real Madrid

West Ham went ahead in the first-half of their Boxing Day clash at the Emirates with a a Said Benrahma penalty.

However, Arteta’s squad came back to win 3-1 in front of returning former boss Arsene Wenger, getting their goals through returning England hero Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah. 

In the fifth additional minute at the end of the match, with the points firmly secured, Partey played his last moments, before being replaced for the last seconds by Elneny.

Elneny came on for ten seconds of playing time during Arsenal’s 3-1 home win on Boxing Day

The video ‘highlights’ show Elneny coming on at the touchline, and running around, but not getting the ball, before the referee blows to conclude the game seconds later. 

However, football is ultimately a squad game, and as Arsenal secured a seven point gap at the top of the Premier League with the 3-1 win, Elneny and his teammates will not be too fussed that he was only utilised for a brief cameo at the Emirates on Monday night. 

Arsenal travel to Brighton on New Year’s Eve for the final Premier League match of 2022, before 2023 adventures at home to second-placed Newcastle in the league, and away at Oxford United in the FA Cup.  

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