Guendouzi aiming for international future with France

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Despite reports in L’Equipe which suggested Herve Richard was trying to persuade the 19 year old to declare for Morocco, Matteo Guendouzi says his international dream is to represent France at senior level.

The Arsenal midfielder has this week represented the French U21 side, but until such time as a player plays a competitive game for a senior national side he can switch allegiance if he so chooses.

With some Moroccan heritage he is eligible for the Atlas Lions, but he appears to determined to make it with Les Bleus.

Speaking to Canal+, he said, “Since I was young, I’ve always played with the French teams, it’s a dream to play with France A.

“I’m hoping to get there, it’s a dream for me to make it happen.”

If he continues his progress, he stands a good chance and it would leave the retired Marouane Chamakh as a unique record holder as the only Moroccan to have represented the Gunners.

The youngster also paid credit to some senior teammates who have helped him settle at the club since his summer move Lorient.

“They gave me advice as soon as I got to Arsenal, in particular Aubameyang, Koscielny and Lacazette,” he said.

“It’s going really well thanks to all of them.”

Get more Guendouzi chat on this week’s Arsecast Extra

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Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

I like this young man. I hope he has a big future.

Emyrates
Emyrates

It’s nice to have some French young talent

No, that’s not in my search history or anything.
*deletes search history*

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

He reminds me of Zinedine Zidane! Only 19. WOW

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

Get real, it will do you a bit of good.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

I’m afraid not. Watching young millionaires play the beautiful game is the only thing that keeps me out of my reality. So no Sir I’ll keep on dreaming and imagine he will be as good as ZZ when he turned up for Bordeaux a few years back.

Pedant
Pedant

Aim high, Matteo. I think you can do it, but let’s see if I’m right.

santori
santori

He’s exactly the sort of player we have to scour for before they get too big and too expensive.

Someone slightly ahead of the curve that has the early maturity to compete already but plenty of up side.

Agree with Blogs and Gunnerblog that we need to temper our enthusiasm on him a little.

But Guendouzi really looks an asset already. Love the way he is always positive and engaging forward, carrying the ball with him.

Likely Emery’s time at PSG had a massive influence swinging him over to us.

BUT we made sure we provided assurance for his development with the addition of Torreira as well (himself only 22yrs) added to the vastly improved Granit.

Our midfield looks very solid now. Maybe we still need one more player IMO with Ramsey likely gone, AMN still unsettled in position and Elneny mediocre.

But we have a very strong base now to build and it was telling against Liverpool how we dominated the game from the middle (a fact of course lost to the keen eye of the media)

santori
santori

Spurious rumour but apparently we are tracking Pablo Fornals 22yr old Spaniard in Attacking Midfield from Vllareal.

George
George

Good lad. Don’t settle.

Jack but
Jack but

Maroune chamak, lol, i almost spilled my soup