Unai Emery says that the performances of Matteo Guendouzi have been a big surprise coming so early in his Arsenal career, but admitted he’s a player he’d had his eye on since his time as PSG boss.
The 19 year old midfielder has started both Premier League games so far this season, and it would be a surprise not to see him in the starting XI for today’s clash with West Ham.
He hasn’t been flawless, but showed at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea that he’s capable of holding his own against the big boys, and he produced one of the passes of the match to highlight his range on the ball.
Speaking ahead of today’s game, the Spaniard said, “He is improving. He is playing and working every day.
“He is hungry – he wants to improve, he wants to learn every day, every match. He is doing it his way, with character and quality.
“We are very happy with him but every match is a chance to show his progress with consistency.
“It is a very big, positive surprise with him.”
Of course it’s only been two games, so while he has been a positive, let’s give him time because at 19 he’s on a steep learning curve and there may be a few bumps along the road yet.