Elneny blunder costs Arsenal goal in behind-closed-doors friendly vs Watford

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Mohamed Elneny had a moment to forget in the first half of Arsenal’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Watford on Wednesday afternoon.

The Egyptian international lost the ball under pressure in his own box, which ultimately lead to Watford’s Phillip Zinckernagel finding the back of the net, at the second time of asking, after his initial effort was blocked.

The mistake came whilst trying to play out from the back, with Elneny cutting back into the path of two opponents, after the ball was played to him by Bernd Leno.

Ultimately it didn’t affect the result, with Mikel Arteta’s men going on to win the game 4-1, with goals coming from Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney, and Miguel Azeez.

Despite the victory, another defensive error will be a cause for concern for Arsenal fans, after mistakes in the previous pre-season games against Hibernian and Rangers as well.

The Gunners will be hoping the club can move away from an era of defensive frailty.

On social media, some fans questioned how much the team can improve with Elneny in the starting 11, unless they see improvement before the new campaign gets underway.

One wrote: "Hate to say it but we will not progress if Elneny plays another 45 games next season."

Whilst another added: "I don’t like singling out players, but Elneny cannot be the answer to any game next season. If we have any ambition, he doesn’t play at all."

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Since joining from Basel in 2013, Elneny has made 69 Premier League appearances, scoring once, and assisting three.

During that time, the club has only kept 12 league clean sheets whilst he has been on the pitch.

Throughout the 2019/20 season, he was on loan with Besiktas, before returning to the Emirates last summer.

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