Arsenal brought in many players this summer, but I am sure that the biggest surprise was the arrival of the 19 year-old Matteo Guendouzi from Ligue 2 Lorient. Nobody over here had heard of him but he immediately looked relaxed and assured despite being surrounded by big money stars and his performances won the fans over very quickly. He has since told the press that that he had no doubts at all about coming to the Emirates. “Arsenal is the club of my heart, the club I’ve supported since I was little,” Guendouzi was quoted as saying.
“I grew up watching, along with my grandfather, videos of Vieira, Henry and the others, the French players who made history. When I knew the club was interested in bringing me in, I didn’t hesitate.”
“It’s another world. Arsenal are an historic club, magnificent, known the world over, one of the best in Europe with big stars in the team. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s another dimension. Everything has changed,”
“In terms of the play, it’s a lot more intense. In the English league, there are great players everywhere, it’s impressive. But I got used to that quite quickly, that’s the most important thing. It’s up to me to be consistent. It’s just the start.”
“I’m staying focused on what I do on the pitch. What happens off it, it’s nice, of course, but football is what I’m most passionate about. Yes, I’m a bit more famous, but I don’t get too mixed up in that. I’ve had my feet on the ground since I was very young. I was brought up like that. I’m going to stay myself,”
“It’s up to me to keep working so that the team wins as many games as possible. In any case, at Arsenal, I have all I need to improve. And we have all we need to have a great season.”
Yes he is still young, and he makes mistakes, but the fact that he is a real trier and a team player makes me think that he is going to have a long, successful career at Arsenal. And the fact that he is a real Gooner only makes things better!