As we all now know Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi, and aside from looking like a younger version of David Luiz, you may not know all too much about the guy. He’s 19 years of age which should be an instant sign of his potential from the word go, and he seems to be gearing up for a long and hopefully successful career in world football. While you often can’t judge a book by its cover, his demeanour alone is enough to suggest to us that he could do some big things with the Gunners.
Unai Emery’s determination in securing his signature so quickly is one of the biggest signs of them all, but as we move forward, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not his abilities shown in France can be transitioned over to English football. The teenage sensation first gained the attention of clubs around Europe during his time in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system, where he spent nine years of his career. PSG are known for bringing in global superstars, but when it comes to keeping hold of potentially big names, they don’t tend to focus too much of their attention on it.
He left to join Lorient where he made his professional debut at the age of 17, and while that may not seem like much of an achievement in what is a much less competitive league, you need to realise that any form of competition requires many attributes – tenacity, heart, and a lot of courage. As a midfielder, Guendouzi needed to showcase all of that and much more, and he passed with flying colours.
After making more than two dozen appearances across a two-year spell with Lorient it was always clear to see that Guendouzi had what it took to be taken seriously at a much higher level of the game, and now, he’ll get his chance. He’s played for the French up to the under-20s level, and beyond that, you could certainly argue that he’s got a case for being included in the senior squad in the next few years if he can maintain his consistency with Arsenal in the Premier League.
Whether or not he’ll go out on loan remains to be seen, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t matter. He’ll get the development he needs one way or another and it all depends on the value Emery sees in putting a teenager straight into the line-up. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.
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