New Arsenal signing reveals pride at joining the Gunners

Matteo Guendouzi reveals his pride at signing for Arsenal from French side Lorient this week

Matteo Guendouzi
New Arsenal signing Matteo Guendouzi Photo: Arsenal Media

Matteo Guendouzi has revealed his pride at completing his transfer to Arsenal from Lorient this week.

The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the north London side after agreeing a move from the Ligue 2 side.

Guendouzi becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window under Unai Emeri, with the Gunners having snapped up Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos so far.

The teenager will wear the number 29 shirt with the Gunners and he could not hide his delight at completing his move to the north London club.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Media, Guendouzi said: “It’s something I’m immensely proud of.

“Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child.

“It gives me great pride – it’s incredible. I hope I can do great things here. It doesn’t get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history, like Arsenal. I’m hugely proud.”

Arsenal will be looking to try and break back into the top four next season after they finished in sixth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign under Arsene Wenger.

Emery was brought in as Wenger’s replacement at The Emirates after the Frenchman opted to call time on his 22-year career at Arsenal at the end of last season.

The Gunners won the FA Cup three times in the last five seasons before Wenger stepped down in May.

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