Mohamed Elneny returned for Arsenal this evening in their convincing win over Rapid Vienna.

The Egyptian has missed recent games after a positive covid-19 test result while on international duty.

Elneny was once seen as having no chance of a future at Arsenal, struggling to make a name for himself under Arsene Wenger or Unai Emery.

But the 28-year-old tonight showed once again he is important to Mikel Arteta 's side.

Elneny was replaced on the hour-mark by Dani Ceballos, receiving an ovation from the 2000 fans inside the Emirates, as he is sure to play a part against Tottenham this weekend.

So far this season, Arsenal have only lost two games with Elneny playing a full 90 minutes - against Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Manchester City and Leicester also beat the Gunners, as the midfielder watched on from the bench.

Elneny has played 90 minutes in three of Arsenal's four Premier League wins, and has featured in all of their cup wins.

And fans believe the former Besiktas loanee is now Arteta's best option in central midfield, above the likes of Ceballos or Granit Xhaka.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring Arsenal's 1st goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Arsenal FC and Rapid Wien at Emirates Stadium on December 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Elneny partnered Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the centre of the park this evening, which could provide Arteta with another option going forward.

Speaking recently, Arsenal favourite Jack Wilshere spoke highly of his former team-mate.

"The technical level is high, you look at Riyad Mahrez and Mo Salah, two of the best players in the league. They are players who can make a difference," Wilshere told Beanyman Sports.

"Of course, you have Elneny at Arsenal, who I played with. I really enjoyed playing with him.

"Really good footballer. Good to have around the dressing room and a really nice guy. And a good character.

“I am happy for him that he is back now at Arsenal. Last year, he went on loan and he did well. Now, he has come back and I think he will be an important player this season for Arsenal.”