Matteo Guendouzi isn’t exactly a name that many fans had heard of prior to this transfer window, and he certainly isn’t someone that would’ve been associated with a big money move – at least, not just yet. The 19-year-old seemed perfectly happy with Lorient, but now, he’s got the chances to put his name alongside many other top French stars who have been able to make a name for themselves at either Highbury or the Emirates down the years.
After seeing him play throughout pre-season many Gunners fans were calling for him to start against Manchester City, and Unai Emery obliged. While he may have looked out of his depth at times that’s to be expected when you come up against the Premier League champions, and if you look beyond that, there were a few signs that suggested he will soon grow into one of the best midfielders in European football.
He’s quick, he’s calm, he knows how to control the tempo of a game, and pretty soon he’ll build that physicality that he needs to reach that next level. He’s not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination but in a way, that’s one of the reasons why we love him.
Alas, we also realise that’s the reason why many other clubs would love him too, and you just know that Paris Saint-Germain would love nothing more than to bring him back to his hometown club. He’d likely be able to dominate French football even at this stage in his career, and that leaves us questioning how many years Arsenal fans will get to see him at the club.
If we had to make an estimated guess we’d say around four years, because by that point he’ll be 23, and he’ll likely be in a position where he can pick and choose where he goes (if he continues on his current trajectory, of course). The kid isn’t stupid and he knows that another move so soon after his last one would upset his development, and if you’re able to perfect the nitty-gritty style of play in the Premier League, then that’ll set you up perfectly to thrive in the majority of other top European divisions.
There’s a long way to go with Matteo Guendouzi, but so far, we really like what we’re seeing.
What are your thoughts on how long Guendouzi will stay at the Emirates?