It looks like Arsenal have really found a gem in this transfer window in the form of 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi. The Frenchman signed for Arsenal from Lorient and in his pre-season, he’s looked like a world beater. Last night he helped The Gunners beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw and plenty of Arsenal fans have made him their man of the match.
We'd like you to think back to last night's game and fill in the blanks…
Our man of the match against Chelsea was _____ because _____ pic.twitter.com/2ECQpjQKvL
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 2, 2018
Guendouzi was one of six Arsenal players to score a penalty in the 6-5 shootout win after Alexandre Lacazette’s 93rd-minute strike cancelled out Antonio Rudiger’s 5th-minute header. The game will have provided Unai Emery with a great opportunity to assess his squad ahead of the new Premier League season and with Guendouzi seriously impressing in pre-season, a lot of fans are desperate to see him in the first-team come next Sunday.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Guendouzi will be thrown into the first team. The fans will be expecting to see a midfield three of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira, with their young Frenchman on the bench if needed to come on and dictate the tempo. The fans will get to see Guendouzi this season, even if it’s just in the domestic cups, as the youngster has too much talent to see him playing in the age groups for the club.
You can read the Gunners’ verdict on Guendouzi here:
Guendouzi because he kept the game ticking even when we were not playing good
— Sahil Budhiraja (@1ac3e12dbb514f3) August 2, 2018
Guendouziology because he's a living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover the midfield, defense, the opposition area and has a good ball distribution….
— GuendouziFans (@GuendouziFans) August 2, 2018
Our man of the match against Chelsea was Guendouzi because Hair
— Jad ~ (@Unai_Emeryates) 2 August 2018
Guendouzi for his composure, decision making and technical quality.
— wayne stansby (@stan0811) August 2, 2018
GUEDNOUZI, HE’S A BALLER!
— MÖÖDYMÖNKEY (@Daddy__Sanchez) 2 August 2018
Hard for me to chose Between cech and Matteo … But they were the best performers of the night for quite a bunch of reasons
— Andy Theory