Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in London

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi has emerged as a key player for Arsenal since joining from FC Lorient (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that his teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have acted like his ‘big brothers’ since he moved to London.Guendouzi joined Arsenal from French club FC Lorient in 2018 and is one of the youngest members of Unai Emery’s first-team squad having only turned 20 in April.The France U21 international has excelled for the club on the pitch but is still acclimatising to life in England off it, with the club’s French-speaking contingent helping him to settle in.Aubameyang and Lacazette are two of Arsenal’s most influential players and Guendouzi admitted that the pair have made things easy for him during his first year outside of France.ADVERTISEMENT Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have developed a strong relationship on and off the pitch (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Canal Football Club, Guendouzi said: ‘He [Aubameyang] gives me a little punch on my left shoulder every morning, with his attacking colleague Lacazette, every morning. They are really important to me.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They are like two big brothers ever since I arrived, they made it really easy for me, on the pitch and off of it. They are super guys.’Guendouzi became a key member of Emery’s side during his debut campaign featuring 48 times for Arsenal in all competitions and he has started both of their Premier League games this term.The young midfielder played the full 90 minutes during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley in which both Lacazette and Aubameyang were on the scoresheet.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThat result ensured that Arsenal, along with Liverpool, are the only team in the Premier League with a 100% win record this season and Guendouzi is hopeful about the club’s top-four prospects.‘We clearly have a better squad than last season with big signings this summer,’ he said. ‘We hold all the cards to have a great season and finish in the top 4 to be able to play in the Champions League next season.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 19 Aug 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Matteo Guendouzi names the two Arsenal players who are like his ‘big brothers’ in Londonlast_img read more

Darmian linked to United switch

first_imgTorino defender Matteo Darmian is on the verge of signing for Manchester United, according to reports in Italy. “But I promised him we would review his situation this summer. “Football is like this and it’s normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try and win the Champions League. “Torino can’t win the Champions League.” Toro begin pre-season training on Wednesday before travelling to the Alpine resort of Bormio four days later. Cairo also warned that any club wanting to sign Darmian must complete the deal before Sunday. “One thing is clear, whoever travels to Bormio will remain with us for the whole season,” he said. “We are now in extra-time (with regards to the transfer market) and on Sunday there will be the final whistle.” Darmian has been strongly linked to United this summer and Sky Italia say an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for the 25-year-old to move to Old Trafford. According to Sky Italia, Torino have accepted an initial fee of 18million euros (£12.9m) with a further two million euros (£1.43m) in variables. Torino reportedly turned down an initial 12million euro bid from the Red Devils earlier this month. Turin-based sports newspaper Tuttosport reported the player had already agreed personal terms with United. Darmian is expected to sign a four-year deal and earn £2m per season. Italy’s first-choice right-back, Darmian has attracted the attention of top European clubs after another solid campaign with Toro, for whom he made 32 Serie A appearances in 2014-15. Darmian, who joined Torino from Palermo in 2011, is also a reported target of Bayern Munich and Napoli and has two years left on his contract. Toro president Urbano Cairo hinted earlier this week that Darmian could depart after four seasons at the club. “I told Darmian last year after the World Cup that if offers arrived for him I could not sell him then,” Cairo told the Italian press. “We had already sold (Ciro) Immobile and (Alessio) Cerci and I could not afford to lose another excellent player. Press Associationlast_img read more