Mohamed Elneny’s has given credit to his friends for scoring a rare goal against Newcastle United last weekend.
The Egyptian earned an unexpected start after Arsenal’s taxing adventures in the Europa League last week. Elney needed just two minutes to grab the Gunners a lead, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the result to bed on 66 minutes.
Additionally, the 28-year-old’s goal was his first ever goal in the English Premier League.
“I was dreaming about it and I was really thinking so much about wanting to score in the Premier League. I've scored in the Champions League, the Europa League but not in the Premier League,” Elneny told the club website.
“This competition is really special for me and I keep always asking my friends to pray for me to score in the Premier League. Today when I scored I was really happy about the goal, but I am happier to take three points,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are preparing for the visit of Villarreal for the Europa League second leg battle, with the Spaniards carrying a 2-1 lead from the first leg.
"Now we have cleared this one and we can focus on Thursday. I think everyone knows how important the game is for us.
"We're all ready for it, we're going to fight and we're going to give everything to make sure we go to the final,” Elneny concluded.