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Sep

‘He’s taken one step ahead’ – Arsenal boss raves about emerging 20-year-old star


Written by Ed Davison

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has raved about the progress made by Matteo Guendouzi since joining the club from French club Lorient during the summer of 2018.

The France youth international had an impressive breakthrough season last term where he made 48 appearances across all competitions and he has managed to take his performances to the next level this term.

In the recent north London derby, the Gunners seemed to be heading for a disappointing defeat after going 2-0 down at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur but Guendouzi aided the comeback with a sublime response.

The young midfielder was partly responsible for creating Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half goal before the break after grabbing possession of the ball higher up the pitch.

Thereafter, he continued to press forward with every opportunity offered and he delivered a sublime defence splitting pass which contributed towards the levelling strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

As such, he has been earning plenty of plaudits from the club’s faithful and manager Emery has now joined in with the praise and believes the midfielder has taken ‘one step ahead’ this campaign.

 “This year, I think he’s taken one step ahead, improving and also giving us one level more in his performances. We want to continue with him, working in each training session and in each match,” he told Arsenal TV.

The Spanish tactician added that Guendouzi’s progress can set a good example for the other young players in the squad, who are aiming to break into the first-team plans on a regular basis.

Emery continued: “For other younger players, his spirit, his progress, his development is a good example, for Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.”

Guendouzi was recently called up to the France national side for the first time in his career but he remained an unused substitute in the games against Albania and Andorra.

Still, his maiden call up to the senior French squad should only boost his confidence ahead of the forthcoming busy schedule for the Gunners across three competitions.


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