Matteo Guendouzi

Mislintat: Guendouzi signing showed ‘we are the old Arsenal again’

Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has today discussed the club’s summer signing of Matteo Guendouzi, revealing his opinion that the youngster’s addition signalled the return of the ‘old Arsenal’.

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19-year-old midfielder Guendouzi made the surprise move to the Emirates from Lorient in July, for an undisclosed fee thought to have been in the region of £7 million.

But, despite having been expected to feature predominantly for the Gunners at youth level due to his tender years, Guendouzi has since gone on to establish himself as an important member of Unai Emery’s squad.

To this point in the campaign, the French U21 international has already racked up 19 appearances across all competitions, including 7 starts in the Premier League.

Matteo Guendouzi runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City

‘Show the world’

The youngster has showcased poise and ability far beyond his years during his fledgling Arsenal career, with Gunners’ head of recruitment Sven Mislintat having this evening revealed that the club’s capture of Guendouzi stood as a statement of intent regarding their direction moving forward.

Speaking in an interview with Die Zeit, Mislintat explained:

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‘I saw him (Guendouzi) play in Lorient when the club was still in Ligue 1.’

‘I like this club, you always find interesting players there.’

‘Guendouzi attracted attention with his long hair and his personality. But my interest is also the weakness of a player. Can you stop them?’

‘Matteo ran inexpedient over the whole field but for me one thing was clear: It’s just a matter of time to break with that habit.’

‘For us, the transfer of this 18-year-old boy was an important signal to show the world. We are the old Arsenal again, who give young players a real chance.’

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