Emery: Guendouzi an example for Arsenal’s hot prospects

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Unai Emery says Matteo Guendouzi’s development over the last 12 months is an example for Arsenal’s other young midfielders to follow.

Having worked on his strength and improved his diet, the 20-year-old midfielder, who joined the Gunners last summer from Ligue 2 side Lorient, has taken his performances up a level, according to his boss.

After an impressive start to the new campaign, he could now be in line for a first senior cap for France when they take on Andorra this evening.

“Matteo is a very good example for how we can develop our young players, with new young players or the spirit within the players who are here now,” Emery told Arsenal.com. 

“He started last year, at the beginning, with some doubts about his adaptation after he came from Lorient in the second division in France.

“He was very young, but his ambition and his wish to adapt very quickly, as well as his quality, were very good for us. He started playing and training with us, and after, his progress and development during the season was amazing.

“But also, we were working with him on some details we needed to improve with him – his food, his body, how we can work to make it stronger, his arms, his body, his legs.

“This year, I think he’s taken one step ahead, improving and also giving us one level more in his performances. We want to continue with him, working in each training session and in each match.

“For him and for us it’s a big challenge to take that step ahead. For other young players, his spirit, his progress, his development is a good example, for Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.”

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Jose
Jose
6 months ago

What a lad

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam
6 months ago

Nice to hear Emery talking up our youth. Some very exciting young players coming through and I have a bit more faith than recently that we can help these players push on and realise their potential

Dr Zebra
Dr Zebra
6 months ago
Reply to  Gooner Sam

Agree and/or also to sell them for reasonable fees if we can have them for the foreseeable future.

Dr Zebra
Dr Zebra
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr Zebra

*can’t

Mentalist
Mentalist
6 months ago

Love that photo. “No, you can’t have the ball, sir.”

The young fella bows down to no one.

Just needs to cut out a bit of the theatrics when fouled/wronged, then he’s captain material.

George
George
6 months ago

On the bench again, even though Andorra might have been a perfect opportunity.

No matter, just the experience would have been good for him and no chance of a knock either!

Ya gooner
Ya gooner
6 months ago
Reply to  George

Better he’s on the bench. One he’s nice and rested for us and two he can see the tasty apple, but can’t bite the tasty apple and that will make him hungrier.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses
6 months ago

also an example to arsenal’s senior prospect.

Dom47
Dom47
6 months ago

Exactly! If Ozil had 1/2 of his drive, he would still be a star. Now I don’t see him as a footballer anymore. Fortnite player, brand, yes. Like Neymar.

Zach
Zach
6 months ago
Reply to  Dom47

Ozil is already star lol. what a silly thing to think he isn’t. Just because he doesn’t get minutes anymore rightly or wrongly by the manager. I still think Ozil can bring that much needed creativity to team, that we are missing in games.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp
6 months ago

Haha true

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp
6 months ago

I really like this young man

Mark
Mark
6 months ago

Glad Emery has maintained his confidence in Guendouzi as he has quite a future ahead of him.

Didrik Plehn
Didrik Plehn
6 months ago

It’s not often you find prospects like Guendouzi, he can very well become among next decades great players. Guys be patient with him, like most young players he will make mistakes but that’s part of his development…

shaka
shaka
6 months ago

crap player. teachers pet. definition of mediocrity and slyness.