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Arsenal ace Guendouzi ‘can be a world star’

Teammate tips Gunners midfielder to be among the best

17 October, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

MATTEO Guendouzi is set to become one of the very best midfielders in the world, according to Arsenal teammate and compatriot Alexandre Lacazette.

Guendouzi has become a key fixture in Unai Emery’s line-up since joining the Gunners from Ligue 2 club FC Lorient in 2018.

He has started all eight of the club’s Premier League fixtures so far this season, with some supporters even wondering why he wasn’t made captain ahead of Granit Xhaka.

The 20-year-old’s performances on the pitch haven’t gone unnoticed.

He has been named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for September, and has also made FIFA’s shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award, with the winner announced on December 16.

Lacazette believes it is just the start of plaudit that Guendouzi has coming his way.

“He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group] with me and Pierre-Emerick Aubame­yang,” the French striker told Arsenal.com.

“We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together, so it’s really good. I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season, so we are all really happy with his performances this month.

“We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this, in terms of demanding the ball and being brave. They all want to take the ball.

“Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.”

Meanwhile, the January transfer window might still be more than two months away, but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from kicking into overdrive.

The latest news surrounding the club is that Arsenal outcast Mohamed Elneny could be heading to AC Milan.

The midfielder joined Turkish side Besiktas on loan in the summer, but made the wrong kind of immediate impact as he was sent off in his first game and handed a three-match ban.

Milan could be willing to offer him a lifeline in a deal that would earn the Gunners in the region of £13million.

Alternatively, Milan could be tempted to put in an offer for Mesut Ozil, although it is thought the German’s £350,000-a-week contract, which runs until 2021, could be a stumbling block.

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