Jeremie Aliadiere has said that he advised Matteo Guendouzi to join Arsenal this summer after the youngster decided on a move away from Aliadiere’s former club, Lorient.
Aliadiere appeared 29 times for the Gunners but spent the majority of his time as a first-team player on loan away from the club to aid his development.
Despite his limited first-team opportunities, Aliadiere believes Arsenal were key in his development to a player with a 16-year career and urged Guendouzi to follow suit.
He said to Goal: “I knew when I first saw him that he had something special and that a lot of clubs would be after him.
“I said to him that for his development Arsenal would definitely be the right place for him.
“You can go to big clubs and never get a chance, but Arsenal always give a chance to their young players.
“I thought it’d be good for him.”
Guendouzi began his career at Paris Saint-Germain and spent nine years in their academy, before moving to Lorient’s youth system.
He spent two years in the Lorient academy before being promoted to their first-team in 2016, and he went on to appear 30 times in all competitions for the Brittany side.
The 19-year-old joined Arsenal in the summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £7m, and after an impressive pre-season he found himself in the Arsenal first team immediately.
He started Arsenal’s first competitive game under new boss Unai Emery, a 2-0 opening day loss to Manchester City in the Premier League.
He has gone on to start all four of Arsenal’s games this season, however has found himself substituted in their last two games.
On both occasions, he was replaced by Lucas Torreira, the Uraguyauan midfielder who was brought in as the future of Arsenal’s midfield.
Guendouzi will have his work cut out to keep starting as Torreira comes to the fore, but poor performances from Granit Xhaka could see Guendouzi and Torreira playing alongside each other.
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