Saturday 20 October 2018

Arsenal boss Unai Emery 'delighted' as French teenager becomes his fifth signing of the summer

Matteo Guendouzi
Matteo Guendouzi

French teenager Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal from Lorient, the Premier League club have announced.

The signing of midfielder Guendouzi, 19, follows the capture of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira on Tuesday and becomes new manager Unai Emery's fifth addition of the summer.

Guendouzi started at Paris St Germain before moving to Ligue 2 side Lorient's academy in 2014.

He made his debut two years later, making 30 appearances, and has represented France at the nation's under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.

"We are delighted Matteo is joining us," said Arsenal boss Emery. "He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him.

"He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient.

"He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad."

"Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I've wanted to join since I was a child," Guendouzi, who will wear the number 29 shirt, said.

"It gives me great pride - it's incredible. I hope I can do great things here.

"It doesn't get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history, like Arsenal. I'm hugely proud.

He added: "My hope is to become a top player here at Arsenal. A lot of great players have played here.

"I want to become part of the club's history and to achieve great things here.

"I want to win titles, titles, titles. I want to establish myself here, which would be amazing.

"Winning silverware, as I said, is very important to me and winning things here at Arsenal would be incredible."

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