It’s been a summer of change for the Gunners, as after 22 years at the club, Arsene Wenger left and was replaced by former PSG boss, Unai Emery.
The arrival of the Spaniard continued a process of a full-scale restructuring of the club, with the changes to the backroom staff, a new sporting director and the arrival of five new players.
Among those five new players, was young French midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi who arrived from Lorient. With his arrival, saw the departure of long-time Arsenal man Jack Wilshere on a free transfer to West Ham.
With that in mind, let’s compare the two respective players…
A complete unknown to many Gunners fans when he arrived in the summer, the 19-year-old has arguably been one of Arsenal’s best players so far this season. Bought for £7.2 million, Guendouzi has been a permanent fixture for Unai Emery this season as he’s started all three games in the league, two of which were against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Although Arsenal bought Granit Xhaka two seasons ago to be the club’s midfield enforcer and playmaker, the Swiss international has struggled since he joined the club.
The young Frenchman does still need to improve defensively but with the ball at his feet, he already looks very impressive. Against City and Chelsea he always looked to take the ball and considering his age and experience, he coped well under the pressure of both teams.
Such has been his impressive start, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him starting alongside Lucas Torreira in the next few months.
TT Grade: B
Jack Wilshere was one nine new recruits brought to east London over the summer and although the Hammers haven’t started the season very well, over time, Wilshere could turn into a shrewd piece of business.
We all know that the former Arsenal man has had a torrid time with injuries but over the last few seasons, Wilshere has managed to return to the pitch and get a good amount of games under his belt.
Manuel Pellegrini is still finding out what his best team is and has played Wilshere as a holding midfielder and as an attacking midfielder. If he wants to get the best out of Wilshere, however, he must play him further forward and playing in areas where he can pull together attacks.
At the moment, Wilshere isn’t playing at his best but he will soon will. On a free transfer, West Ham might have got a bargain.
TT Grade: B+
Both players look like they could turn out to be good signings for their clubs.
Already Matteo Guendouzi has shown that he has great ability with the ball, he is never scared to ask for it. Defensively, he still needs work to fit into Emery’s team but the early signs for the Frenchman look great, especially considering his age and background.
Likewise, Wilshere will need time to bed into Pellegrini’s team and we may not see the best of him until we get through the first few months of the season. Considering the quality we all know that Wilshere posseses, if he can stay fit, West ham have made a great move.
Guendouzi looks good but considering Wilshere’s quality, the West Ham man takes this one.