Matteo Guendouzi was given the surprise of his life by France boss Didier Deschamps. He replaced Paul Pogba for the friendlies against Albania and Andorra and nobody can say that he doesn’t deserve it.
At just 20, a senior national call up has to be up there with the best moments of his career. His remarkable growth over the last 14 to 18 months should be an inspiration to all the youngsters out there. Guendouzi was a nobody to English football fans a year and a half ago but he is the talk of the town after his masterclass against Tottenham in the North London Derby.
For a squad player in Ligue 2 with Lorient, a move to Arsenal was a humungous step in his career. Guendouzi has taken it in as well as anybody of his age and has deservedly climbed the French football ladder. The Frenchman, despite being a teenager, played close to 50 times in his first season and won the fans over.
Guendouzi has also started off this campaign brilliantly starting every game so far. His pass to Aubameyang for the equaliser against Tottenham highlighted his incredible vision and that will go down as one of the assists of the season.
Unai Emery deserves a ton of credit too for having faith in him despite his age. 48 games for a teenager in his debut season is almost unheard of, especially at a top club like Arsenal. If he can keep his head down and continue his performances, there is absolutely no doubt that he will be one of the best midfielders in the world in the very near future.
Sign him up!
Guendouzi is a humungous part of our future and Arsenal will need to make sure that they don’t repeat the same mistakes as before. Arsenal have suffered enough due to the mismanagement of contracts of the likes of Fabregas, van Persie and Ramey among others.
The young French midfielder deserves a new and improved deal at Arsenal. Raul Sanllehi, after a brilliant transfer window, will have to continue his good work to tie him down at the Emirates for the considerable future.