LONDON, England- Young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal FC from Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old started his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014.
Matteo made his first-team debut for Lorient aged 17 in October 2016 and went on to make 30 appearances.
He is a France youth international, having represented them at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.
“It’s something I’m immensely proud of. Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child. 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,” the fifth signing at the club this summer stated.
“I’m a player who likes to get on the ball and use it. I like keeping possession and to play too. Playing the ball, linking up with my teammates, battling for the team. I want to win every game – that’s really important to me.
“I’d say my main quality is keeping the ball and my passing,” Guendouzi told the club’s website after being unveiled as a Gunner at London Colney.
“We are delighted Matteo is joining us. 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.”
Guendouzi will wear the number 29 shirt and the deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
“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,” Guendouzi underlined his ambition at the 13-time English league champions.
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