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Unai Emery has heaped praise on Matteo Guendouzi and regards the midfielder as the example to follow for Arsenal’s young stars.
Guendouzi has made an excellent start to his second season with Arsenal and earned his first call-up to the France national squad this month.
The 20-year-old joined Arsenal from Ligue 2 last summer and Emery detailed how Guendouzi underwent his impressive transformation in the last 12 months.
‘Matteo is a very good example for how we can develop our young players, with new young players or the spirit within the players who are here now,’ Emery told the club website.
‘He started last year, at the beginning, with some doubts about his adaptation after he came from Lorient in the second division in France.
‘He was very young, but his ambition and his wish to adapt very quickly, as well as his quality, were very good for us.
‘He started playing and training with us, and after, his progress and development during the season was amazing.
‘But also, we were working with him on some details we needed to improve with him – his food, his body, how we can work to make it stronger, his arms, his body, his legs.
‘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 (Joe) Willock, for Emile Smith Rowe, for Reiss Nelson. It’s a very good example for everybody.’