Getting a little help from a former player
Arsenal new boy Matteo Guendouzi has revealed which ex-Gunner helped him make the decision to leave FC Lorient for north London.
Guendouzi signed for Unai Emery’s side in a deal worth around £7million during the summer transfer window.
While that may not seem a lot for a talented youngster, he was reportedly chased by a host of top clubs including Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.
He ended up choosing Arsenal and has even been getting some decent minutes on the pitch while impressing the Gunners fans.
Now, he’s opened up on the factors that helped him make his decision to join the club.
Among all Arsenal players vs. Man City, Matteo Guendouzi recorded:
• Most touches (72)
• Most passes attempted (47)
• Most fouls won (3)
Promising Premier League debut from the 19-year-old. pic.twitter.com/964nl2XphO
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 12, 2018
‘It’s the club of my heart’
One of those factors in his decision was a conversation he had with former Arsenal starlet Jérémie Aliadière.
The 35-year-old spent between 2001 and 2007 at the club but was loaned out three times, only making 29 appearances for Arsenal and scoring one goal.
Now he’s at Lorient and he spoke very highly of the club in a conversation with Guendouzi that helped him make his decision.
“It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe,” Guendouzi explained, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“But as soon as I heard from Arsenal, the decision was very simple and I’m very happy to be here.
“I did speak to Jeremie about Arsenal and he said it’s a place where I can progress and learn a great deal from the staff here.
“He always spoke very positively and that made me feel very confident in the choice that I’d made. It’s the club of my heart.
“There have been a lot of French players here and Thierry Henry is a symbol in France after his long career here.
“I used to watch Arsenal games with my father and it has a special place in my heart.”
Guendouzi showed some serious character at only 19 Made mistakes but never went into hiding, kept his head up, always wanted the ball and kept trying.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 12, 2018