Deschamps calls on Guendouzi to inject ‘dynamism’

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Didier Deschamps says Matteo Guendouzi has ‘a big potential’ but he’s not asking for anything other than ‘freshness’ and ‘dynamism’ from the midfielder now that he’s part of the France senior squad.

The 20-year-old was handed his first call-up by Les Bleus last week after Paul Pogba pulled out with an injury and he was on the bench as they eased past Albania 4-1 at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Ahead of Tuesday’s match with Andorra, another chance for the Arsenal man to make his debut, Deschamps outlined why he thinks Guendouzi has a bright future.

“Do not ask too much, he’s a young player, who is still the Espoirs generation, who plays a lot of matches with Arsenal where there is strong competition,” he told his pre-game press conference.

“He’s the modern midfielder, box to box as they say there, with a lot of power and technical quality too. He’s there. What I expect from young people is that they bring this freshness, this dynamism.

“He is a very young player but with a very big potential.”

Arsenal will be hoping that if Guendouzi does play tomorrow that he comes through the game unscathed. The Gunners already have slight doubts over the fitness of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira as we prepare for Sunday’s test at Watford.

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Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

Massive talent, this boy… We ought to take care of him, and insert a 200mil release clause in his contract 😅

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

500m if you want to ward off interest from petro-psg

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I will be happy with 50 millions in the release clause for Guendouzi and the removal of the release clause for Ozil (if he has one).

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Currently Douzi is worth 30 millions of euros on transfermarkt.

Goonerink

exactly.

30m base

usually a club not looking to sell with x that base by 2 at least, if not triple it as an asking price for buyers.

right now id ask for 60m, but this time next year we all might grab at 30m or laugh at the measely 90m. football is a funny old game.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

We need everybody fit and ready for a battle on Sunday. Watford with their new manager will be out to impress.
It seems like the majority of the time a team gets a new manager, their first game is against Arsenal.

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

Don’t forget the…
Debut goal scorer
First career goal scorer
Last career goal scorer
First professional hatrick
Newly promoted players
The strikers with better than 0.5g/game against us
The sub that scores within minutes of coming on
The first touch scorers
The guy making his first appearance of the season in April
Former spuds, Utd, Pool & Arsenal players
And then, there’s OG
And the cunt in the face mask, and the spud one that needs a face mask.
I’m sure there’s more.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Watford with Welbeck who has the habit to score in the first game against the previous club.

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

Welbz could fall into four of those categories, sheesh. He could also be the player that scores against us with his armpit hairs or the back of his knees.
It’s all over!

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.

Is doing something once a habit?
In that case I am in trouble in a 100 different ways..

Tapps

100?

thankyou22
thankyou22

Southampton last year comes to mind, amongst a host of others 🙁

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

Matteo deserves all the credit for all the work and miles he’s put in. Would say he deserves(ed) the contract mooted a month or so ago.
The boy takes no crap, can dish it out, and is just what we need at the base and in the spine of the team.
Does most technical and tactical actions at a very high level, and getting there physically. Needs to be switched on for the whole 90. Especially with third runners and counter attacks.
To think teams are spending 60m+ on similar, older players.
Also impressed with how he has managed to change his body shape and increased his awareness when receiving the ball, especially when he’s facing our goal. So happy for him.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Don’t get carried away. Even Matteo himself speaks of the need to improve tactically. He’s not doing anything “high level”, but he’s progressing nicely.

G-Man
G-Man

Wrap him up in bubble wrap! He’s been our best player this season!

I’m delighted he’s getting the recognition – let’s hope he stays fit and realises his huge potential with arsenal!

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

Of course guendouzi in the french national team is just a matter of when not what if, especially if he keeps improving. What more confusing, and the real question is why laca is not in the national team for such a long time no matter how good he plays. Not even good enough for their bench

Goonerink

i THINK and i mean i may be falsely remembering hear say, but im sure he was verbal about his lack of inclusion before the wc? and had a falling out with deschamps in return.
though i might be wrong.

Santori
Santori

Laca should be included.

Two seasons ago when we still had Giroud, there was good reason why Deschamp did not have him instead of the OG.

Giroud performed a function bringing in speedy assets (particularly Greizzman) from the flanks and was much better had holding the ball up.

Over the last season or two since Giroud left, Laca has improved his hold up play and protection of the ball. This is impressive considering he does not have the height of Giroud.

And it has been critical for us when he plays considering Auba can be a bit flagrant with competition for the ball or keeping it against pressure from Cbacks.

I think at National level there is still reliance on Giroud but at some point all things being equal, Laca is the next senior man on line to provide the sort of apex play France needs. PLUS if he continues to knock them in, he is making a strong case for ability over Giroud currently.

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Santori’s right on the mark. Deschamps sees Laca as more of a striker who can finish off tricky shots from all angles, not someone who can play in the guys just off him. Giroud is much better suited to that. Right now I guess the French like to be cute in front of goal.

Santori
Santori

More than Torreira, I feel Guendouzi is really the heir apparent to Granit.

He has the maturity to match despite his tender age (barely ahead of Willock).

He also has a bit of height on him but will have to beef up and be more competitive in that regard.

AGAIN not many people understand the critical element Granit provides for this team.

Partially because we have lost a bit of authority in the air since Mustafi is no longer involved (never mind other short comings), we now rely on Granit to drop back into a 3 to defend set pieces and provide some height.

BUT as in the match against Spurs, he also provides a lot of cover stopping direct balls floated into the half space between the midfield and the Cbacks.

I counted 8 to 9 aerial intercepts on or around the half way lines (8 successful)

That was a phenomenal number considering Son and Kane were lying in wait as amply demonstrated in first goal the one instance he failed to intercept but was complicated by Sokratis having a rush of blood and vacating his space behind in unnecessarily going for the header with Xhaka.

Also apart from that, Granit,s distribution from deep is extremely efficient particularly when switching play from flank to flank.

This is something Guendouzi is picking up.

We saw against Spurs, the Swiss provided several good cross field balls none better than the one he disguised to Pepe from deep providing the Ivorian with a superb one on one with Lloris.

BUT also against Liverpool (where certain fans felt prone to criticise him inexplicably), he worked the ball out of the defense to provide two long passes one to Auba and one to Pepe both of which were some of our best opportunities one on one with keeper.

This quick(early) and accurate release both critical to catch opposition defenses faster before they have a chance to regroup but also to make our counters more efficient exploiting the pace we have in BOTH Auba and Pepe now on either flank.

Aside from that, (again) he also came up with the interception just in front of half way line which led to the consolation by Torreira.

In the case of GUendouzi, he needs to be stronger in the air but he has plenty of attributes which put him in good stead to fill in for Granit.

Experience however you feel (positionally) will also partially be covered by the industrious no nonsense (but shorter) Torreira.

Willock can also add energy or Cebellos a bit more creative footwork.

IN Granit’s absence due to injury (hopefully not long) we can either play a rotating 3 (fidget spinner)as we did to good effect against Newcastle with Willock, GUendouzi and Cebellos taking turn to sit deep orchestrate (a reliance on high energy levels which will dictate a sub at some point with Torreira) or we can form a more traditional two(double redundancy) at the base (Guendouzi and Torreira) and have Willock or Cebellos press high.

The weaker aspects of Granit’s game IMO is not a propensity to give up penalties rather his relative lack of mobility.

It often means a more static role covering real estate around the half way line and slightly back.

In the case of the rotating fidget spinner, we will have plenty of energy and verve to cover more of the field but the danger may be we lose concentration, get too carried away and lose our structure.

This particularly so with as mentioned aerial balls in from the flank which we will need to be diligent on particularly without the ADDED height of Granit to contend with.

BUT Guendouzi certainly is living p to expectations and is improving as expected yet further this season.

Exciting times.

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

Seems like it will be unpopular but I think everyone needs to calm down a bit with him. He’s only had really one great game. Yes he is 20 and has a good potential. But let’s stop with the wave of ‘he is amazing’.