According to Football.London, Arsenal have completed the signing of young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient for a fee of around £7million. The youngster is reported to have signed a five-year deal with the North London club.
A video of the youngster signing a deal alongside Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy has emerged that has confirmed the deal.
Mislintat spotted Guendouzi
Sven Mislintat built a reputation as a top talent spotter at previous club Dortmund. He would spot undiscovered stars and then they would become major stars at the German club.
His talent for spotting the unknown gems earned him his move to Arsenal. With a reported limited transfer budget this summer, the Gunners need Mislintat to put his talent scouting ability to good use.
However, reportedly new Arsenal boss Unai Emery persuaded the midfielder that the Gunners were the right club for him to develop his ability.
One for the future
Arsenal under former boss Arsene Wenger had a knack of developing young players. Guendouzi seems to be a bright young prospect. However, it seems unlikely that the youngster will be a regular first-teamer for the Gunners.
The 19-year-old started his career at PSG before a move to Lorient in 2014 where he has made just 26 first-team appearances. The youngster has represented at international level up to the under-20’s.
He could be the Gunners secret weapon, as he is a relative unknown, who has not even featured in the Ligue One in his career. The closest he got to French top-flight football was last season when his team finished seventh in the second tier of French football. While Guendouzi’s signing will receive little fanfare, it could prove to be a shrewd move in years to come.
Arsenal building nicely but need more
Arsenal have made strengthened in some key positions this summer. The signing of midfielder Lucas Torreira was a particularly good one.
I cannot help feeling that the Gunners still need to add more quality to the team and the squad to finish in the Premier League top-four, something they are odds of 2/1 to claim a Champions League top spot. The teams who finished above the Gunners last season are still shorter odds than the side from North London to clinch a top-four spot.
However, it will be interesting to see how the arrival of boss Unai Emery affects the players. Hopefully, the Spaniard can bring the best out of his players and the Gunners can return to top-four in the near future.
Will Matteo Guendouzi play much of a part for the first team next season?