Arsenal preparing to open up contract talks with young midfielder

Arsenal set to offer a new deal to Matteo Guendouzi.

Arsenal is set to open new contract talks with Matteo Guendouzi after the Frenchman’s impressive progress since he arrived at the Emirates.

The 20-year-old has been in fine form since he moved to Arsenal in 2018 and he was even considered a better option to Lucas Torreira earlier in the season.

He has been involved with the first team since Mikel Arteta was named the new manager and the Gunners believe he is one for the future.

According to the Sun, he reportedly earns £40k per week at the moment and his current deal expires in the summer of 2022. However, Arsenal wants to extend his stay as they believe he can only get better with age.

Guendouzi has struggled to enter into the starting XI under Arteta in recent games, though he did get a start against Burnley and he will be hoping that he has done enough in the recent training camp to convince Arteta to start him more regularly.

The report further claims the Gunners will wait until the end of this season before offering him a new deal, at that time he would have two years left and they would not want to lose him on a free transfer.

Guendouzi is still very young and he does have his flaws but he has improved considerably, he is calming down a little and not going on as many headless chicken runs, he is combative and could easily develop into a no-nonsense midfielder in the mould of Patrick Vieira.

It is right that Arsenal wants to tie him down to a long term contract and the sooner the better.

14 Comments

  1. Shakir says:

    He has many areas to improve.

    For me he is still that “hard working midfielder”.He is not stronger defensively or offensively.But his main strength is his ability to hold the ball and use his body.

    He has to work hard because he has potential.He is young but we cant excuse him because i have seen young players playing better than him in their own positions(martinelli) or even the onea who had to adapt(saka,AMN) are playing better.

    His game reading and positioning is questionable and aometimes he holds on to the ball so much.

    He will improve and i hope it will happen faster.I will be very happy if he is to stay.He can be a frenkie de jong type player.

    COYG

    1. Diogenes says:

      Err… No, AMN is not playing better than Guendouzi (though not much worse either).

      Guen should not be given more than double his salary – 40k to 80k is reasonable, but we should give it another year or two to see how much he can actually develop. He’s definitely more promising than Willock and AMN, but is that enough if it’s not by much??

      1. RSH says:

        Epl clubs love the young foreigners even if they end up flopping. Guendouzi has many areas to improve in and he’s not had as many impressive games as someone like Saka has who I’m sure makes way less. Fine with the contract extension but hope he doesn’t get a dumb salary along with it

        1. Reggie says:

          I disagree, he has had many really strong showings, thats why at a young age, he was called into th full French side and many tip professional wax lyrical about him. We are very lucky to have found him and he has all the tools and strength to be asuper star. Picking silly faults out at 18 or 19 years old is not right, you only have to look at the commanding way he plays at such a young age to see the kid is class. He is rated very highly by all his peers and thats good enough for me. Another young quality player that we have in our ranks to go with Saka, Martinelli, Willock and hopefully Saliba and Nketiah, to name a few. Get him signed ASAP before he gets taken.

          1. rux says:

            exactly Reggie,
            we now have talented young players whom i have not seen in last couple of years. If we keep them playing together, we will have a great team which is not expensive

    2. rux says:

      please, try to appreciate what you have.

  2. Philleb says:

    Matteo by far is well below average…. Ain’t even up to scratch!! How you guys keep rating that lad amuses me

    1. Reggie says:

      Its a good job you aren’t a scout for us.

  3. jon fox says:

    Guendouzi is an undoubted talent, though as yet has holes in his game. He loses possession far too often but his attitude is fine and his aggression and edge are excellent and reasssuring to see. Down the line, though quite some way, he may well make an excellent captain. I like his ability to switch direction quickly and his mobility. These are natural gifts not given to all, Xhaka being a perfect example of someone who lacks them, and we MUST look after Guendouzi, as he will be an asset for many years to come.

    1. rux says:

      spot on jon

  4. Phenom says:

    Can anyone please name a 20yr old CM who is better than Guen in epl?

    1. Reggie says:

      19 you mean, and no! Lol

      1. Reggie says:

        Sorry he is 20 and no!

    2. rux says:

      no one,
      he is a real talent

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