Arsenal’s first Premier League game of the new season is officially in the books, and unfortunately, they weren’t able to overcome the rampant reigning champions Manchester City who ran away with a 2-0 victory. Whilst the Gunners had a few nice moments they never really threatened on the level that you’d expect in the opening game, but given that they were going up against one of the best EPL teams of all-time, that’s somewhat understandable.
Someone who had a notable game, in our opinion, was Matteo Guendouzi. The teenage midfielder was thrown in at the deep end at the Emirates as he was given the opportunity to shine against City, and while some fans will decide to point to a few of his mistakes as being key, we think that there was enough in his play to suggest that he could be a major player for Arsenal over the next few years.
A lot of teams would often be tempted to send someone of his age out on loan in order to gain more experience, but not Arsenal. Unai Emery spotted his potential from the word go and at times, he looked like the best player on the pitch at the weekend. He’s young, so there are always going to be silly little mistakes in his game, but once those have been ironed out Arsenal could be on to a winner.
He was able to move the ball around nicely, he got stuck in and fought for challenges, and he just came across as a player who cares about what he’s able to produce on the pitch. He doesn’t feel like someone who is just using the Gunners for the platform they’re able to provide, and because of that, he could soon develop into a fan favourite at the club.
Sometimes there aren’t many positives to pick out of a defeat, especially when you’re a club like Arsenal, but the building blocks are still being put in place here. This isn’t going to be an overnight success with Emery at the helm, because players need to be given the chance to develop and gel in the first team. Guendouzi is one of those players, and if he can continue down the kind of path that he’s been on as of late, then we could see him tearing many teams from around the Premier League apart over the course of the next few months.
What did you think of Guendouzi’s performance?