With Arsenal narrowly beating Newcastle United 1-0 in their opening Premier League game, there were many good performances, however, there were none better than one midfield man, who we will take a look at in our latest instalment of the Unsung Hero feature.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provided the north London giants with the firepower, as he took his chance in front of goal in clinical fashion. The Gabon international was by far Arsenal’s best attacking player having four shots on goal, more than any other Gunner.
Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers provided Arsenal with key defensive performances. Maitland-Niles made the most interceptions of any player, while Chambers made the joint-most blocks.
However, Matteo Guendouzi went slightly under the radar in comparison to those two but he provided Arsenal with an all-round midfield performance. The France youth international won the third-most aerial challenges and made the second-most clearances for the visitors in a great defensive performance.
But, the 20-year-old also had good attacking features to his play, having 81 touches and completing 69 passes of the ball, as he retained possession well in the centre of the park for Unai Emery’s side.
Football London gave the youth star a six out of 10, and said: “Composed in possession what really stood out from Guendouzi was the bite and cynicism he brought to Arsenal’s midfield.”
“No coach would teach a player to trip an opponent, protest their innocence to the referee and then turn around to wink to the bench but that sort of character is much needed in this Arsenal side.” (Source: Football London)
Guendouzi put in a brilliant all-round performance, recognised by Tony Cascarino, and does look a natural fit at this level if he can keep up that level of performance. Going forward, he could have a big role in the Arsenal engine room if yesterday was anything to go by.
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