Mohamed Elneny takes aim at Arsenal fans in emotional plea for support

Mohamed Elneny has issued a passionate plea asking Arsenal fans to get behind him – not point out his flaws.

The Egyptian spent last season away from the Emirates, but is now trying to force his way back into the team.

Arsenal take on Everton on Friday night in north London in what is their first game since the Super League saga.

Supporters from all clubs involved made their feelings known and fan anger is at an all-time high.

The Gunners are in danger of missing out on European qualification following a difficult season, although they remain in contention to lift the Europa League.

Elneny has reiterated his desire for fans to back him insisting their criticism only makes his life harder.

He told Sky Sports : "I need you to support me – not to put me down. Supporter means you have to support.

"Not waiting for me to do one bad pass and then after speak about me, or one bad game.

"You have to support in the bad moments, not the good moments. In the good moments everybody is a supporter.

"I need you when I have a bad game. When I have a bad game I need you next to me saying 'no you are good, keep going, we are next to you'.

"This will make me happy and you will make the world happy. You will make me improve more because I can see the support next to me."

Elneny has made 35 appearances in all competitions, 22 of which have been starts.

Mikel Arteta has already expressed his concern at how the players will react following the difficult week, with many of them finding out about the Super League plans through the media.

He said: "I don’t know (how they'll react). We tried to speak to them, Vinai explained to all of them what happened, so hopefully they are in a good place.

"It was a big shock for all of us to go through."

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