Guendouzi gets France call-up

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Matteo Guendouzi has been selected by France after Blaise Matuidi pulled out with a rib injury.

The reigning World champions face Moldova on Thursday at the Stade de France before taking on Albania in Tirana on Sunday.

It’s the second time our uncapped midfielder has been called-up at late notice for European Championship qualifiers by Didier Deschamps.

In September, Guendouzi revealed his surprise at being asked to step up from the under-21s for Les Bleus’ games against Azerbaijan and Slovakia. He didn’t get a chance to make his debut on that occasion, but Deschamps did speak positively about him.

“He’s the modern midfielder, box to box as they say there, with a lot of power and technical quality too,” said Deschamps.

He added: “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.”

Guendouzi is the only member of the Arsenal squad to be included in the France squad.

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Alex
Alex

If only Deschamps could teach him how to be a real midfielder. Matteo, whom i rate a lot, was crap on saturday.

AbsolutelyMarvellous
AbsolutelyMarvellous

Come on, mate, he’s 20-years-old. Yes, he’s not been great in his last couple of outings, but up until recently he had been one of our most consistent performers – again, at the tender of TWENTY. I think he’s doing pretty fucking well, all things considered.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

The next Arsenal “fan” whipping boy!!

Savage
Savage

Exactly. There’s always the next one. To be fair, that’s a problem at all football clubs where a section of problematic fans will always find someone to blame.

A P
A P

Is France that short of quality midfielders?

A Different George
A Different George

I know this is meant as a joke, but turn it around and it really indicates something. Deschamps, who has an amazing collection of midfielders to choose from, must think that he can get a performance from Guendouzi that comes closer to fulfilling his obvious talent and that helps France win. Whereas, we only see that talent in flashes (in “moments,” if we can still use that word) free-floating, with no structure, mostly unconnected to an overall plan.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

He’s one of our better players so good on him. Not sure why he’s getting so much stick considering he’s only 20 and shows more maturity than the rest of our midfield put together. He’s one to watch for sure.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Because Xhaka isn’t playing anymore someone has to step up and take the abuse from the so called fans whose main reason for watching football is giving players shit so they can feel better about themselves.

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe

In my opinion this kid is our best centre midfielder by far. Imo he is the closest player to Patrick Vieira. Imagine him playing alongside a Proper strong athletic defensive midfielder like Ndidi and then given license to be a box to box player he could do so well. Give the captains armband after auba and Laca. I really think he’s a bigger leader then Bellerin.

George
George

I hope he plays, but I hope he gets a rest too. Win win, I suppose.

Lerpy
Lerpy

It may just be my red and white tinted glasses but I think this lad is going to be top of world in the midfield one day.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

He certainly seems to have the attitude and mentality for it.

Savage
Savage

Agreed. Especially if he can add more goals and assists.

Santori
Santori

He’s a decent player if some of the fans here remember he is barely 20. Ditto Willock.

BUT the issue is most of these fans believe Xhaka is a problem and we would be better off without him, be more dynamic.

We lack midfield balance and control even with Xhaka out and Torreira AND Guendouzi in.

That should say something to most sane people except Arsenal fans who prefer their own fantasy.

We have NOT solved midfield bc Sanlehi far from having a decent summer had neglected to address an issue outstanding since the Wenger era when Santi went out injured.

We do not have the experience and control of a player who can dictate tempo.

Guendouzi I thought at least was dynamic going forward and somewhere mid match he managed to play short passes working our way up the middle better (instead of constantly trying to push out on the flanks which has been easily contianed by teams deploying 5 across midfield/backline)

BUT he’s a young player and he will have his moments when naivity or risk is not sufficiently weighed.

Also without Granit, we miss a couple of things :

1) Quick release both switching flanks but also from deep to the players higher up. Our passing has been even more atrocious without Granit (himself liable to a couple of mistakes but generally good)

2) Headers from centre line to recycle the ball forward and back into attack putting the opponents quickly back into defense.

Too many people want to believe their own narrative. The truth is these fans have poisoned their own well and now made an already difficult circumstance facing the gaffer even more complicated.

If they now agitate for further change and throw toys out of the pram, they will likely plunge the team into further chaos.

At the moment, Unai’s options are limited.

He will have to work with some form of Guendouzi-Torreira-Cebellos now.

We want Ozil but I’m not convince he will put in the work off ball in a sustained fashion.

Last game, the Leicester midfield literarily walked through him.

When you have one or two players drop on effort off ball (I don’t see sufficient hunger or effort from Pepe last 10 minutes either), the whole team suffers as the press becomes disjointed and gaps appear.

We lose control of midfield and our shaky defense comes under heavy duress..Something will eventually give, it s a slow train wreck so predictable but the defensive issues start from the top where players like Auba equally culpable for not being able to challenge for long balls or retain the ball under contest.

Which is why even without Mustafi or Granit, the results are the same if not worse.

Arsenal fans are an obtuse bunch (no offense).

Riku
Riku

The midfield issue / too few assists

How many goals and assists has Matteo , who I like got ?
Stats show David Luiz is most successful at through balls stat. This season.

Martin Known said footbsll a simple game . I get the ball I pass vieria – who passes bergkamp who pass Henry =goal

K- vieria – bergkamp – Henry =goal

Other examples
Sagna – fabagas- nasri – Rvp=goal

Bfg- santi -ozil – Sanchez

These days – Luiz – (goundouzi / torrenta /Xhaka ) – ( who!) – alex.l or pea.= goal

Pepe no assists open play – ozil no assists premier league , same saka- willock – no assists Matteo- torreira-

A midfield who have no assists . They lacked urgency – Take three or four touches when one or two would do . Giving opposition time to see up.
Other teams Games plan is make Arsenal have to put crosses in the air. It has been since Giroud left.
Matteo needs to get the ball and give to ozil’ in the opposite half not sideways.
A midfield some other teams , midfield l have gone through like a knife in butter. See Leicesters second goal. Midfield . Ndidi ran straight through Him.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

This call up surprises me because I don’t think he is playing well. I saw Tielemans (might have been someone else) turn him on the halfway line and, while carrying the ball, just run away from him! Over 20-25 meters he just opened up a gap on our deepest midfielder. I was absolutely shocked by how slooow his recovery speed is.

When Clive on AVP speaks his mind finally about which players the fanbase overrates, eyes will be opened. After the match in midweek he previewed this and critiqued Ceballos, who is injured at the moment. Read between the lines: he wasn’t talking only about Ceballos.

He may be only 20, and he has good qualities, but he has obvious shortcomings too. Right now he isn’t strong enough to get us into the top 4.

Richie

He’s been our best player this season.

Lezlo
Lezlo

Fully deserved – easily our most consistent player this season albeit within a team of mediocre performers