Elneny pleased to score first Premier League goal


Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny has opened up about his goal against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Elneny opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Pierre Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead for Mikel Arteta’s side in the 66th minute of the game.

Speaking after the match, the midfielder said he has been praying for his first league goal of the campaign.

“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.

“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.”

The win has boosted Arsenal’s confidence ahead of their Europa League second leg clash against Villarreal. They lost 2-1 in the first leg in Spain, but they got an all-important away goal.

“We needed these three points before Thursday’s game. We know how important this game is for us. Today we’ll take three points away from home, and the way we played today, that will give us confidence and momentum to go to Thursday and then to play the way we wanted.

“I think today was something to give us more confidence, how to play and win 2-0 away from home.

“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.”

Arsenal sit in ninth spot on the log with 49 points from 34 games.

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