Matteo Guendouzi says he’s working to improve his defensive and tactical positioning during games revealing that Arsenal’s coaches have him working on a special training programme.
The France under-21 international, who has started all three games of the new season, also believes that he has the trust of coach Unai Emery who had no qualms about throwing him in the deep end as soon as he arrived from Lorient last summer.
“I’m really happy with how things have gone,” Guendouzi told Arsenal.com ahead of the North London derby.
“This last season has been extremely important to me in terms of how I’ve played and the progress I’ve made.
“I’m really satisfied with how the season has been. Now of course in terms of the season to come, I feel like I’ve got a lot to show. There’s a lot to learn too, in terms of the team dynamic and style of play.
“Unai has really helped me, he gave me a lot of game time last season and this season as well. My relationship with him is really based on mutual trust.
“He’s really invested a lot in my progress since I arrived at the club, which has been extremely important for me. He’s given me a lot of advice on and off the pitch, which is something that I really appreciate. We talk a lot and this has helped me grow on a personal level but also within the team.
“I feel like I need to work on my defensive and tactical positioning, being closer to the ball.
“It’s something that I’ve been working on in training but also by watching videos of myself as well as studying the stats, and working with the coaches on a programme.”