Matteo Guendouzi has had a very good first season in the Premier League and been one of the few midfielders at Arsenal that have had a positive campaign.
Therefore it is only right that he is being rewarded with a tasty new deal doubling his weekly salary to £75,000-a-week.
Guendouzi, 20, only cost us £8 Million but is now valued at £65 Million and there is a very good reason for that, he is a bloody good player for his age.
He is as fit as a fiddle having played 47 times for us this season, he has not missed a game through injury and been suspended just the once.
His value to us has clearly been recognised by the club and that is why it was imperative to agree on new terms with the youngster because you can be assured that he has come to the notice of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Not only will he get a significant pay rise but his new deal will see him contracted to us until 2023, so it is a win-win for both the player and for the club.
It makes perfect sense that Arsenal is now moving to tie our better players down to new deals. Reports this week have intimated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are to be offered deals worth £250k per week and it seems that the club is making sure that the core players are stable and happy with their contracts.
We do need to get our wage bill under control and we have started that process, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck have been removed from the books which has freed money up for these new deals as well as money for new players salaries.
These are positive developments and very much welcomed.