Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the development of Matteo Guendouzi over the past year. The 20-year-old was handed his first senior call up for France during the international break, and speaking about the midfielder, Emery thinks a number of other youngsters in the Gunners squad can follow the Frenchman and make the step up:
“This year, I think he’s taken one step ahead, improving and also giving us one level more in his performances. We want to continue with him, working in each training session and in each match.”
“For him and for us, it’s a big challenge to take that step ahead. For other young players, his spirit, his progress, his development is a good example, for Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.”
Joe Willock has already been handed his chance by Emery this season, having started the first three games of the season, before having to settle for a place on the bench against Tottenham.
Emile Smith Rowe has had a frustrating spell out with a groin issue which prevented him from going out on loan this summer. He will be hoping to make an impact in the Europa League and in the cups this campaign.
Reiss Nelson was given his opportunity on the opening day against Newcastle, but he hasn’t been seen since being substituted in the 2-1 win against Burnley. With Nicolas Pepe now fully fit, he has a battle on his hands to get game time this season.