Arsenal’s young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi arrived in North London from French club Lorient in the summer. The youngster arrived for a modest fee of around £7million plus add-ons, which by modern standards is chicken feed.
Although apparently highly-rated in football circles, Guendouzi was not exactly a household name prior to arrival in north London. Most Arsenal fans would have been forgiven for not knowing anything about the midfielder.
Made a promising start Arsenal career
Guendouzi has certainly proven to be one of the more impressive summer recruits this season. At times, he has shown tremendous maturity on the ball, far beyond his tender 19 years.
He seems to have good awareness, athleticism and vision. In short, Guendouzi has the potential to become a very good central midfielder in the future. At the minute, he is looking like an absolute steal at £7million.
There are not many 19-year-olds that can come into a top six team in the Premier League and hold his own as he has done. If he carries on in a similar vein in the future, he could become a very influential player in the centre of the park for Arsenal.
The only way Arsenal can be successful
If the Arsenal hierarchy is going to continue to limit spending on transfers, then recruiting players like Guendouzi is the only way to do it. Appointing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was designed with making these sorts deals in mind.
Mislintat is, of course, a famous spot of talented players, who do not cost the earth. With the German set to leave the club, his replacement could be the key to Arsenal’s success in the future. It seems unlikely the Arsenal board are going to loosen the purse strings. Dare I say Tottenham have built a quality team without spending a fortune, although Spurs have still not won a trophy for a long time.
The squad is not good enough
Anybody who has watched Arsenal over the last few seasons will know that quite simply their squad is not good enough to reach the next level, which at the moment is finishing in the top-four.
While spotting diamonds in the rough is good on a financial level, sometimes a team just needs to add some real quality to their squad. Hopefully, the Gunners can do a mixture of both in the near future.
However, I have a feeling that the team from north London will keep attempting to find the next Guendouzi. That is not a terrible thing, but the Frenchman is just 19 and still has a lot of learning to do. Arsenal also needs players for the present as well as the future.
Can Arsenal keep unearthing gems like Guendouzi?