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Dream Premier League start for Egyptian trio

A memorable weekend for the Arsenal, Liverpool and West Brom stars.

It’s been a dream weekend for the Premier League’s Egyptian contingent.

On Friday night Mohamed Elneny registered the first assist of the season when he set up new Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette for a debut goal after only two minutes. Although the midfielder was later withdrawn, he could still celebrate a remarkable 4-3 over Leicester City thanks to two late goals from the man who replaced him, Aaron Ramsey, and Oliver Giroud.

In Saturday’s early game, Mohamed Salah’s second-half goal looked to have a given Liverpool a 3-2 win against Watford, only for a 94th minute equaliser by Miguel Britos to somewhat take the shine of the winger’s excellent debut. Still, a man of the match performance bodes well for him at Anfield.


“Everybody can see all of his skills,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “He really showed up from the first day.”

A few hours later, Ahmed Hegazy’s towering header after half an hour was enough to give his new club West Brom all three points against Bournemouth. Like Salah, it also earned him a man-of-the-match award on his debut.

“We’ve taken a chance with him but I liked the look of him in the African Cup of Nations and we are hoping it is a chance that pays off,” Pulis said. “One thing he has is the desire to get into positions to score goals and we like that.”


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