Earlier this week one of the mainstream newspapers reported that Arsenal are hoping to extend Matteo Guendouzi’s contract and are willing to offer the Frenchman a significant pay increase in recognition of his performances last season.
The 20-year-old midfielder has featured in both of the Gunners opening two fixtures this season and delivered a particularly eye-catching performance against Burnley where he anchored the midfield with Dani Ceballos. He’s now in line to start against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Ahead of the game, Unai Emery sidestepped a question about handing the youngster a new deal focusing instead on how he hopes the player will improve thanks to hard work on the training ground.
“We have a lot of young players and they can develop a lot,” said the boss.
“We are going to help them, to push them and also they need to break different levels and achieve individually in their performance. We are here to help them and give them chances.
“Matteo is very young but he has talent and his talent is also to adapt to what we need or what is needed in the Premier League. It’s also to be physically strong.
“We are working tactically and individually to improve, we are working with him on the videos and on the pitch and we are speaking to him because it’s a big challenge for me, for our coaches and for him to achieve a big level here. He is in this process.
“Last year, for me he was very good in his process but he missed a lot to achieve in his career the big performances and big moments for him and to help us.
“But really I am very, very optimistic with him because he has this talent and I think we can also improve him on other things, like physically we are working with him in the gym, and mentally.
“He’s a young player with potential who can now help us to achieve the best performances.”