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Matteo Guendouzi is a rare diamond in the rough 0

Posted on February 14, 2019 by David Nugent

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.

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Observations 0

Posted on December 22, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have beaten Burnley by 3-1 in the 18th round of the 2018/19 Premier League season, courtesy of goals from Pierre-Emerick Auubameyang (14′, 48′), and Alex Iwobi (90′). The solitary strike for the visitors was the work of Ashley Barnes (63′). The Gunners are still in fifth place, but now they’ve equaled Chelsea’s point tally as the Blues suffered defeat at home to Leicester City.

But the result aside for a moment, there were some interesting things to take from this game. Let’s take a look.

Guendouzi reveals PSG interest 0

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Matteo Guendouzi has revealed Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing him prior to his arrival to the Emirates.

Guendouzi passed through the French title holders’ youth system before joining Ligue 2 side Lorient in 2015.

Speaking to French outlet Canal +, the 18-year-old confirmed a number of clubs, including PSG, were interested in his services. However, as soon as he learned of Arsenal’s involvement, his mind was made up. He knew that this was the right club for him and he focused all his attention on joining the Gunners. The club spent £7million on his signature, not a small amount given his age and the fact that he had no previous first-team experience in top-tier football.

No punishment for Fellaini 0

Posted on December 06, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal drew 2-2 against Manchester United on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford in the 15th round of this season’s Premier League roller coaster, adding game number 20 to their truly impressive unbeaten run. The Gunners led twice, but the home team managed to pull level both times. Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead in the 26th minute only to have to cancelled out by Anthony Martial just four minutes later, and the hope for victory briefly reignited by Alexandre Lacazette in the 68th minute was dashed by Jesse Lingard after 60 seconds.

Guendouzi happy with his start at Arsenal 0

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Matteo Guendouzi arrived to Arsenal from Lorient in this year’s summer transfer window, and the impact he’s had so far has surprised many – possibly even himself.

He was seen a talented player and a low-profile signing, and rightly so given his age and the club he came from, with all due respect to the French side. Even with Jack Wilshere out of the picture, very few people would have expect the 19-year-old to begin his Arsenal career as a regular feature in Unai Emery’s starting XI, but that’s exactly what happened.

Europa League a good platform for Arsenal’s youngsters 0

Posted on October 05, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League. It had the potential to be a tricky game, as the team from Azerbaijan had been dangerous on home soil in the competition of late.

However, Arsenal took the three points and the game was topped by the fact that youngster Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Smith Rowe both scored their first senior goals for the team.

A good platform for the youngsters

As much as Arsenal boss Unai Emery respects the Europa League, the Spaniard will also rotate his squad in the competition. At this stage of the competition, the Gunners can get away with, as the opposition are not the strongest in the world.

Should Lucas Torreira now start for Arsenal? 0

Posted on September 17, 2018 by David Nugent

I have found myself on a number of occasions talking about the make-up of the Arsenal central midfield, mainly the lack of playing minutes for summer signing Lucas Torreira. For me, the Uruguayan was the sort of central midfielder Arsenal needed in the summer.

Showed his qualities against Newcastle

Once again, on Saturday at Newcastle, Torreira found himself on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka starting in the centre of the pitch for the Gunners.

At half time, it was obvious that young Guendouzi was not having his best game, which happens to young players developing their game.

Guendouzi sparks international battle 0

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Matteo Guendouzi, who joined Arsenal this summer from French second-tier side Lorient, has been a significant revelation so far for the Gunners under Unai Emery, earning his chance with quality displays in pre-season and helped by the departure of Jack Wilshere and Lucas Torreira taking a bit longer to adapt to football life in North London.

He took that chance in a brilliant manner with audaciously inspiring performances at the start of the Premier League season, and according to the Mirror, his form has already sparked interest for two national teams, both of which he is eligible to play for.

Guendouzi should keep his place 0

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal signed Matteo Guendouzi from French second-tier side Lorient this summer, and as common logic would suggest, it seemed unavoidable for a 19-year-old player changing surroundings, coming from Ligue 2 to a top-six Premier League team, to struggle to adapt to the change in level of football for a while.

However, it could not have turned out more different for Guendouzi, who not only seems to have blended in nicely already, but has even been awarded Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for his first competitive month with the club.

Will Guendouzi stay? 0

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Harry Kettle

It’s easy to big players up after they’ve had a few good games, because let’s be honest, momentum is a big thing in football. That’s especially true of young players who you don’t really have an opinion on, because anything is a bonus during their first few years at the club.

Getting carried away

The problem at that point is maintaining realistic expectations because it’s easy to get carried away with thinking that someone is the ‘next big thing’. If you need examples of that happening in the past, then we’d argue you need to do your research on the matter, because it’s a fairly regular occurrence.



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