Opinion: The reason why Arsenal signed Matteo Guendouzi
- The co-expert of Pain in the Arsenal, Josh Sippie provides an in-depth look at who Guendouzi should possibly replace at Arsenal and how the squad will respond to him
"It’s Matteo Guendouzi that is the question mark. Unai Emery seems to think him best-suited for the first team and I’m not here to argue. A 19-year-old with a world of potential who is deemed ready for the first team? By all means, please join us.
"But if that is his career track, then I have to imagine that someone is being replaced or, at the very least, someone is being threatened. I’ve spoken at length about how we now have six midfielders, which is the ideal number when you employ a midfield three because it gives the greatest flexibility.
"Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny and now Matteo Guendouzi (in no particular order, of course…). That is a nice little crew to have, and it’s a crew that does have an inherent pecking order, but also an upsettable pecking order – meaning that things could change given the right performances down the line.
The youthful additions of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira provide a nice contrast to the experience Sokratis and Lichtsteiner, showing the club has short and long term success plans. This is now longer reactive bargain hunting, this is the new organised, measured Arsenal.— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) July 8, 2018
"This does, however, put into question Joe Willock, who doesn’t seem to factor in at all in this midfield set up. Guendouzi essentially replaces him. Which isn’t the end of the world for him, not by any means, but I am wondering if Guendouzi doesn’t push further up the food chain than we think.
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"Ainsley Maitland-Niles for instance – is he still where he was prior to the Frenchman arriving? I’m not so sure. These two could be the future of the midfield along with Lucas Torreira, but in the here and now, there are questions to address. Nothing detrimental, but certainly important.
"Does this reflect on Aaron Ramsey as well? Another question that needs to be asked. Ramsey still hasn’t signed his new deal. It’s curious that Guendouzi is going to go straight into the first team if that is indeed the plan. So we will just have to keep an eye out for what happens next."
Stephan Lichtsteiner - Free— Dammit Arsenal🤦 (@DammitArsenal) July 10, 2018
Bernd Leno - £22m
Sokratis Papastathopoulos - £16m
Lucas Torreira - £26m
Matteo Guendouzi - £7m
Excellent transfer window in my opinion. What's your opinion ?
Guendouzi - next loanee or Arsenal first-team future?