Matteo Guendouzi's performance vs Chelsea
paininthearsenal's Andrew Dowdeswell looks into Matteo's impact during the Chelsea clash
"Matteo Guendouzi was Arsenal’s best player. Yes, there were moments when he got a little ahead of himself, almost losing the ball and allowing Chelsea an easy counter-attack at an exposed Arsenal defence. And yes, in the first half especially, he would drop too deep into the defence, meaning that there were few options available in front of the centre-halves, inviting pressure onto the team. And yes, he did make a few wayward passes here and there. But, all in all, this was a very good display from a 19-year-old making only his third start for a new club with new teammates against excellent opposition.
"What was most pleasing about his performance was his passing, and the confidence that came with it. He was the one instigating Arsenal’s attacks from deep, not Mohamed Elneny. He was the one pushing the team up the pitch with passes into the final third. He was the one who set the tempo, who was brave in his play, who was willing to receive the ball under pressure and then play forwards.
"He was also extremely energetic and industrious in the midfield. He was committed in his tackles, he intercepted numerous passes, and he provided legs where Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe were somewhat absent. This was not the perfect performance, obviously, and Arsenal’s general struggles in the first half are signs that he lacks the experience and nous to understand the shape, and his role in the shape, that the midfield must take in and out of possession."
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