Arsenal Complete Signing of Teenage Lorient Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Long-Term Deal


"The big clubs don't close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player". Former skipper Per Mertesacker retired after last season, while vice-captain Laurent Koscielny is out injured until at least December.

Guendouzi, a France U20 global, said that Arsenal is his dream club, one that he wanted to play for since childhood.

"Normally we are thinking about the young players, the possibility to stay with us or go on loan to another team".

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery says he wants "five captains" in his team as he tries to find the "best personalities" in his dressing room.

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery suggests that the club's transfer business could be over for this summer, unless a "big opportunity" arises.

"To sign [a player] in the next month?"

Once Emery has met all his new players, including those back from the World Cup after a holiday, he will make his final choices on who stays and who departs to reduce the current size of the squad. "He is an important player for me".

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"We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players".

The Portuguese may well be moving to the Premier League, as he is looking to leave after a lack of first team appearances and describing his time at Barcelona as "hell" (via the Express). "It's for that he chose to leave here and I respect this".

The Welshman has just a year left on his contract and Emery added: "He has the ambition I want".

Emery is Arsenal's first new coach since Wenger took over in 1996, but he said he hasn't spoken to the Frenchman yet about the squad he inherited.

"The information with Arsene is also important for me but the best is my direct relationship and conversations with the players".

"I want to work with Petr Cech, with Bernd Leno, with Emiliano Martinez, with Matt Macey, with Ospina", he told reporters (via the club's official website).