Arsenal agree fee for Matteo Guendouzi

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Arsenal agree fee for Matteo Guendouzi

Posted on July 09, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal have done a lot of things throughout the course of the summer transfer window, but there’s one thing they categorically haven’t done: and that’s waste time. The Gunners have been ruthless in going after the kind of players that Unai Emery believes will improve the team, and while we won’t see the end result until the actual season kicks off, the early signs have been extremely positive. Now, according to Sky Sources, their latest transfer could be a matter of days away from being announced.

The Gunners have agreed to a fee of around £8 million for Lorient midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, as they continue to try and bolster their midfield ahead of the new campaign. This time, however, it seems like a transfer that’s intended more for the future, with the 19-year-old still being in the early stages of his progression. After spending nine years in the youth system with Paris Saint-Germain, Guendouzi made his professional debut back in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.

While he’s not exactly a goalscoring midfielder that’s not what is expected of him, as instead, he’s able to pick out passes that nobody else can see while also being able to maintain the tempo of any given game that he plays in. Guendouzi is quiet, he’s unassuming, and if given a few years, he could turn into one of the most effective midfielders in European football.

After failing to land Marouane Fellaini it seems as if Emery is intent on looking elsewhere for midfield stars to partner up with the likes of Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. It’s no surprise to see Emery going after French youngsters, either, with Arsenal having a very bright past when it comes to nurturing talent from that part of the world in particular.

Guendouzi could wind up being sent out on three or four different loan spells over the next few years before eventually heading back to France on a free transfer, but for the time being, we all need to continue providing positive thoughts to the club as this adventure begins. It’s going to be tough in the early stages and nothing is going to happen overnight, but that’s always been the case with the Gunners.

The Emirates is likely going to have a fantastic atmosphere during the first game of the season and all of these new faces are one of the biggest reasons for that.

Are you excited by this move?

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