Matteo Guendouzi makes honest admission about Arsenal transfer

Matteo Guendouzi declares himself an Arsenal fan and says it was a dream to sign for the Gunners

By George Hallam
Metteo Guendouzi
New Arsenal signing Matteo Guendouzi Photo: Matteo Guendouzi / Instagram

Matteo Guendouzi has declared himself an Arsenal FC fan as he was inspired by the Gunners’ former French stars who has said ‘made history’.

The central-midfielder joined Arsenal FC in the summer from Lorient for a reported £7.2m and has so far started each of their Premier League games.

The 19-year-old has impressed, and suggested he was keen to follow in the footsteps of his French footballing heroes who contributed so much to the Gunners.

He told Ouest-France: “It’s the club of my heart, the one I support since I was a kid.

“I grew up watching videos of Vieira, Henry and the others with my father.

“French players who made history.

“When I knew the club was interested to bring me in, I didn’t hesitate.”

Guendouzi started his youth career with French champions Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Lorient’s youth academy in 2014.

He graduated into the Lorient first-team in 2016, aged just 17, and went on to appear 30 times for the Brittany side, as well as turning out 12 times at youth level for the French national side.

Despite his summer switch going relatively under the radar, he has often looked Arsenal FC’s best player as they have taken six points from a possible 12 on offer so far this term.

He was singled out for praise in Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Manchester City, as he seemed the only player who did not need to shake off the cobwebs after a novel summer in north London.

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