Mattéo Guendouzi: Luminous

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

After two extremely tough opening games, I think there is now a general consensus across all footballing fans that Mattéo Guendouzi is a fine player. His success in that deep-lying defensive midfielder role against rampant forwards of the highest quality may have been overshadowed by the eventual result, but there is no doubt that Mattéo held his own, his performance against Chelsea in particular, received plaudits all across football Twitter.

Sarri’s men could not deal with Guendouzi. His unmatched 94% pass accuracy really demonstrates the young Parisian’s composure and competence on the ball. However, it’s his defensive prowess that has really pleased the Gooners around the world…

POSITIVE: He wasn’t afraid of collecting the ball in tight areas.

Coming out of a hard-fought game against a magnificent Jorginho and the ever so dangerous Eden Hazard with the most tackles (4) is beyond impressive. He even managed to ‘out-intercept’ N’golo Kanté (also 4), something no one has been capable of doing for some time. Quite incredible. Thanks Squawka for the stats.

At 19 years of age, Guendouzi’s ability to break down opposition attacks is unbelievable for someone with his experience (26 professional games – check our player profile here). Tie this with his imperious range of passing, Mattéo has certainly transcended initial views of what was seen as a very Wenger-esque signing when he arrived at Colney for £8m.

CONDENSED: Mattéo Guendouzi Olié’s performance v Chelsea (eyes on 1:45). [youtube]

It seems that at last Arsenal’s sluggish midfield has been given a breath of fresh air, and him, alongside Lucas Torreirahave finally ended Arsenal long-standing defensive woes that have dated back all the way to 2007, when Johan Djourou and William Gallas forced the Arsenal fanbase into a mass existential crisis. Let’s just hope he can keep protecting that back four…

Of course it remains to be seen how Mattéo plays against some of the ‘lesser’ teams in the Premier League, but here at Taste Of Football, we’re sure he will thrive.

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