Guendouz embarking on "big adventure" with Arsenal after comparison with Vieira
The 19-year-old midfielder, instantly recognisable by his long hair, had fans salivating in friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore.
The 19-year-old midfielder, instantly recognizable by his long hair, had fans salivating in friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore.
Guendouzi, a strong tackler with confident distribution, was a dynamo at the base of midfield, where against PSG he played alongside the similarly hirsute Mohamed Elneny.
With only three appearances so far -- also including this month's outing against Boreham Wood -- it's early days for Guendouzi, an under-20 international signed from Lorient.
But he said there was a positive feeling at Arsenal as the London club opens a new era under Unai Emery, following Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign.
"I'm very happy about how the team played," he told AFP, after Arsenal's 5-1 demolition of a youthful PSG side at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.
"It gives us confidence and it really made things easy for me. With such a good team and a good feeling around the team, I think we can really do some good things here."
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However, Emery has plenty of midfielders to choose from including Uruguay international Lucas Torreira, another new signing, and Switzerland's Granit Xhaka.
Guendouzi said he hopes to get his chance in competitive games but that he also wants to learn from team-mates such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, and Aaron Ramsey.
"Yes I hope to play, that's true but this is a big squad, with a lot of great players with a lot of experience," he said.
"It's a question of working, working, working, and afterward the coach will make his choices. But I hope to play a few games." Arsenal completes their pre-season against Chelsea and Lazio before a tough start to the season when they play champions Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games.
But they have the advantage of working with a nearly full-strength squad as many of their rivals await the return of players after the World Cup.
Emery has been drilling his players hard and his tactical changes have already been in evidence with a high-pressing, possession game with plenty of attacking threat.
"But it's only the start," he added. "Hopefully this will be a big adventure with Arsenal.
"These are only friendly matches so I need to keep working -- that's the most important thing for the future I hope to have at Arsenal."
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