If you were to look at the top-six and evaluate their youth prospects, Arsenal would rank fairly high due to one man, Matteo Guendouzi.
The French teenager has been one of the Gunners best signings last summer, playing the most minutes out of any teen in the Premier League this season and establishing himself as a vital player for the future of Arsenal.
His performances have been impressive for Unai Emery’s side, but heading into must-win games at the tail-end of the season, the Spanish manager should be picking more experienced heads in the final matches that will define Arsenal’s European fate.
Guendouzi, who is valued at £27 million (by Transfermarkt), has proven to be reckless and nervous in the big games he has featured in for Arsenal this season, and with the Gunners realistically needing to win every remaining game they have in order to qualify for the Champions League, Emery has to turn to players he knows he can rely on to get the results.
With Lucas Torreira back from suspension after three games out and Granit Xhaka returning from injury soon, Emery must turn to the duo for the Arsenal midfield two, with Guendouzi relegated to the bench, and this will be something Gunners can get behind.
There’s no doubt that Guendouzi is a player who can go on to become a star in the Premier League. His confidence and technical ability for someone of his age leave pundits and fans amazed, but heading into the most crucial games of the season Emery has to be strict and select those who have the experience to get Arsenal over the line.
Guendouzi will be at Arsenal for years to come and has already established himself this season as a player the club can turn to for midfield creativity and stability, but with the pressure on the team to get results, it will be best for Emery to keep the teenager out of the starting XI until the job is done.
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