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When karate helped Guendouzi

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Harry Kettle

While there are plenty of reasons to be upset as a fan of Arsenal Football Club, there’s no point in getting too down about it over the international break. There’s quite literally nothing the fans can do until either Unai Emery turns things around or the club decides to boot him out the back door. Until those moments come, there’s going to be a great deal of uncertainty and you could argue that much is normal.

If you want to read a bit of a fun and feel good story, though, then you’re in luck: because Matteo Guendouzi is precisely the sort of character that can provide you with such a commodity. In addition to being a solid prospect with a bright future ahead of him, Guendouzi has an interesting background within martial arts that we’d love to explore – as he details in the following interview.

“I think it really helped me in terms of my mentality, being a fighter on the pitch, and always wanting to win and get stuck into duels in a bid to really help the team,” Guendouzi told Arsenal Player.

“Karate has helped me a lot in that regard. When I was young, I came third in a karate competition in France, which was great, but it was difficult to combine football and karate.

“I certainly have very fond memories from doing karate. In terms of flexibility. I’d say I’m more flexible on the pitch which is a great help.

“As for my fitness, karate is very intense, so I think that’s why I’m able to make such a big effort and have that warrior-like mentality.”

You don’t even need to be a fan of any martial arts to think this is cool, and to be honest, there have been some times this season when Guendouzi made us wonder whether or not he’s the star midfielder that everyone has claimed him to be.

Regardless of all that, though, Matteo has his highs set firmly on getting Arsenal back to where they want to be, and we’re happy to back him in that journey.

What sport can you picture other Arsenal players competing in?

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