Matteo Guendouzi reveals why he’s starting for Arsenal ahead of Lucas Torreira
Matteo Guendouzi says his pre-season form has helped him to settle into life at Arsenal
Matteo Guendouzi believes that he has held down a regular spot in the first team at Arsenal because of his impressive pre-season form.
The 19-year-old has been settling into life at The Emirates after completing his transfer to the north London club from Lorient in the summer transfer window.
It had been expected that it would take the teenager some time to settling into life at Arsenal and get used to the rigours of English football.
However, Guendouzi has been a regular fixture in the first team under new boss Unai Emery and he has started all four of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this season.
That’s in contrast to fellow summer signing Lucas Torreira, who is yet to start for Arsenal this season following the 22-year-old’s arrival from Sampdoria in the summer.
And Guendouzi feels that his strong form in pre-season served him in good stead for the campaign ahead.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Guendouzi said: “I had a good pre-season, I was illustrated during the preparation matches in Singapore.
“I think it weighed in the balance and it gave me the opportunity to start the league games.
“I knew how to answer this. It’s up to me to keep working so that the team can win as many games as possible.
“In any case, at Arsenal, I have everything to progress. And we have everything to make a great season.”
Guendouzi will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Newcastle United.
The north London side have won two of their opening four Premier League games this term.