Matteo Guendouzi says he’s delighted to be nominated for the 2019 Golden Boy award and says it’s great that his hard work and development over the last year has been recognised.
Run by Italian publication Tuttosport, the gong is awarded by European journalists to the best footballer under the age of 21 playing in Europe.
Signed as an unknown quantity from League 2 outfit Lorient in the summer of 2018, Guendouzi went on to make an instant impact in his debut season, featuring 48 times for the first team.
“It shows that I’ve been working hard at Arsenal and have also done well at international level,” Guendouzi told Arsenal Player.
“I think it’s a reward for all the hard work that I’ve done at the club and the good displays I’ve produced, but it also reflects my progress in training and how much I’ve come on as a player here.
“It’s a reward for all my hard work and I’m hugely proud to be part of the 20 players under the age of 21 who’ve been nominated for the Golden Boy award – it’s fantastic.
“There are some super players [nominated]. We know there are players like [Matthijs] De Ligt, the Juve defender, and Joao Felix, the Atletico forward.
“There are fantastic players everywhere and it’s a wonderful award for whoever ends up winning it.”
The winner of the Golden Boy award will be announced in just over a month. Guendouzi is currently on international duty with France. He was on the bench for last night’s 2-1 victory over Moldova and could be in line for a debut against Albania at the weekend.
Matthijs De Ligt, Juventus
Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich
Gianluigi Donnurumma, AC Milan
Ansu Fati, Barcelona
Phil Foden, Man City
Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal
Erling Braut Haaland, Red Bull Salzburg
Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid
Dejan Joveljic, Eintract Frankfurt
Moise Kean, Everton
Kangin Lee, Valencia
Adrij Lunin, Valladolid
Donyell Malen, PSV Eindhoven
Mason Mount, Chelsea
Rodrygo, Real Madrid
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund
Ferran Torres, Valencia
Vinicius Jr, Real Madrid
Nicolo Zaniolo, Rome