Arsenal Coaches Tell Guendouzi His Main Weakness

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Matteo Guendouzi has greatly impressed Unai Emery and the Arsenal supporters since his arrival. However, he has been severally told he has one weakness which he has to work on to become close to perfection.

The youngster was one of five signings made in the last summer with him being the least hyped of them all. This was so because he was seen as one that would need to begin his transition process from the youth side. That was not the case eventually.

Upon his arrival from Ligue 2 side Lorient, the 19-year-old quickly established himself as a first team regular. His exploits during pre-season and the early stages of the ongoing campaign changed the perception of many about him. It has become a "He will be a great one" talk rather than the initial "He is not the type we need"

One cannot have it all which is just the case with Douzi. He may have won the hearts of his manager, fans and other football lovers through the way he plays but the fact is that there is something about him he should work on and we have been made to understand that coaches at the club have sounded this into his ears on many occasions. Their worry is that he is not that reliable when it comes to tracking runs from the opposition.

In all these, Emery is still in love with his positive mentality and character towards work. From his encomium, it is clear that those characteristics were what helped the midfielder's progress.

‘The first impression from him is very good,’ Emery said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. ‘We saw this from the first weeks of pre-season when he arrived here and started training. 

‘For example, his very big decision to decide not to play with the national team in the summer because he wanted to stay and work with us to show his capacity in pre-season. He earned the possibility to take minutes in the first XI.

‘His adaptation was very quick. Now his progress is very good. He is very young. We played with Lucas Torreira and Guendouzi as midfielders at Manchester City. He is a very young player, his present is very good but his ambition is to grow a lot with us and become an important Premier League player. 

‘He needs to work every day with ambition, as he is doing now. Every training, every match, he shows his ambition and motivation to be an important player. It is the same for all players. 

‘It is a very short career and it need to use all the motivation for the best career, take a title and earn money for his family and future. He is showing us that.’

It was a negative that Arsenal lost to Manchester City last Sunday but an individual positive for Guendouzi due to his outstanding performance. He is expected to make the team that will play Huddersfield later today.

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