Ex-Arsenal striker admits he persuaded young star to join Gunners

Date published: Monday 10th September 2018 2:38

Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has claimed that he helped bring midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to the Gunners.

Guendouzi has had somewhat of a breakthrough season so far for Unai Emery’s side, having started all four Premier League games so far.

The 19-year-old was linked with moves to PSG and Borussia Dortmund before eventually sealing a £7million move to north London.

Now, Aliadiere has revealed that he told the teenager to go to Arsenal in order to help his development.

“I knew when I first saw him that he had something special and that a lot of clubs would be after him,” Aliadiere told Goal.

“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.

“To be honest yes I have been surprised [that Guendouzi has started so many games].

“When I saw him joining the club I didn’t expect him to start straight away, I thought it would take him a bit of time to adapt but he’s such a confident lad. When I was playing with him at Lorient you could see that, on top of having the talent, he’s just so confident in himself.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, what career you’ve had, he’s happy to be whatever and friends with everybody.

“He’s just a nice and happy guy to be around. I’m not surprised he’s getting on with everyone in the dressing room.”


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