Burgeoning Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has opened up about his move from French club FC Lorient to Arsenal in the summer, revealing how he turned down a move to Paris Saint Germain.
Guendouzi is a product of the prestigious Paris Saint Germain academy. He joined the side in 2005 and left after nine years in 2014 for Lorient. He quickly progressed at Lorient, making his way to the senior team of the side with consistently impressive performance before so many clubs noticed him.
Arsenal were among the club who call calling for his signature and he has laid bare his decision on the move.
“I felt that there was not necessarily a project based on young people,” Guendouzi explained. “It’s true that Paris was very interested, like other clubs. There were discussions. But the best project for me was to join Arsenal.”
Guendouzi watched Arsenal alot as a growing boy and he has claimed that the French influence at the club accounted for why he opted for the move.
“From the moment when Arsenal positioned themselves for me, I did not hesitate,” he said. “When I was young, I watched Arsenal a lot. The fact that a lot of French people were playing there, it played a part I think. He (Emery) really wanted me, he really insisted that I come.”
The player walked straight into the first team of Arsenal but Lucas Torreira has dislodged him to a place in the starting XI. The fans are so far pleased with the performance of the French rising star.