Sven Mislintat reveals why he was convinced to indicator Matteo Guendouzi for Arsenal

Matteo Guendouzi was a shock £7m signing for Arsenal (TPI/REX)

Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has disclosed he was convinced that Matteo Guendouzi experienced the possible to prosper less than Unai Emery.

The 19-calendar year-previous was a shock £7 million signing from Lorient was not expected to feature month in his debut campaign.

But the midfielder has built 18 appearances in all competitions this year, though his hottest get started arrived in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

Mislintat believes Guendouzi’s signing was a reminder that Arsenal continue being a club who give younger gamers a likelihood and states he was self-confident the French midfielder would impress once Emery enhanced his tactical consciousness.

‘I saw him at Lorient when the club was nevertheless in the to start with division. I like this club because you usually obtain intriguing players. Guendouzi stood out with his long hair and individuality,’ Mislintat told De Zeit

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Ander Herrera of Manchester United and Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Guendouzi has impressed in Arsenal’s midfield this period (AMA/Getty Photographs)

‘But I’m also intrigued in the weaknesses. Can you flip it off? Matteo ran all around the field inappropriately, but I knew it was just a subject of training and the time to halt that.

‘For us, the transfer of the then 18-yr-aged was essential to exhibit the world: We are all over again the aged Arsenal, which presents younger players a likelihood.

‘I want to know how to study it. Julian Weigl, for illustration, had only incredibly regular figures in his time at 1860 Munich, even on the ball.

‘But that was simply because he was applied as a so-identified as box-to-box participant, who runs back and forth concerning the penalty rooms. The balls flew around him.

‘Often, young players have not nevertheless acquired the vital tactical being familiar with.

‘We thought: If Weigl were in the 6-place right before the defense with powerful gamers employed all around him, he would be a further participant.

‘He would be able to distribute the balls, wait, stability the activity. It was related with Matteo Guendouzi.’

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