Arsenal news: Matteo Guendouzi backed to shine for 10 years by former Tottenham man – Metro.co.uk

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Matteo Guendouzi was thoroughly impressive in the north London derby (Picture: Visionhaus)

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could be central to the team’s success for the next decade, believes former Tottenham striker Darren Bent.

The 20-year-old has become an integral part of the Gunners’ midfield since his arrival from Lorient last year, starting all four Premier League games this season so far.

His performances have earned him his first call-up to the senior France team during this international break and especially attracted plaudits after his display in the north London derby last weekend.

Guendouzi’s assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was one of the highlights of the game, while Bent was impressed with his influence and desire to control play at such a young age.

‘He’s playing like he’s someone who’s played for Arsenal for years,’ Bent told Football Insider.

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‘It’s scary that he’s only 20, he could be in the Arsenal midfield for the next 10 years, he’s really good in that role.

‘Even when he gives the ball away, he wants the ball all the time.

‘He never shies away from that and that is a trait in a midfielder that you can’t teach, you can’t teach that.’

Bent is not the only onlooker that has been impressed with the youngster, with another former Spurs man, Gary Lineker reacting to his call up to the France squad by tweeting: ‘Unsurprising. Enormously talented young footballer.’

Stan Collymore also raved about the Frenchman, telling the Mirror: ‘I said last season that Matteo Guendouzi can go on and be whatever he wants to be in the Premier League.

‘And his performance in the north London derby on Sunday only served to reaffirm that belief. He has the ability, the vision and the awareness.

‘And if he stays at Arsenal and they build around him, putting someone with more discipline than Granit Xhaka and someone else who is physically bigger the Lucas Torreira alongside him, then we could see the growth of a superstar in front of our eyes.

‘He really is that good.’

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