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Arsenal hero Per Mertesacker singles out star who can be 'future leader' for Unai Emery

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Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi can be a leader on the pitch for the Gunners because of his confidence, according to club hero Per Mertesacker.

Guendouzi has become a mainstay in manager Unai Emery’s starting XI since his move from Lorient in the summer of 2018.

Earlier this season, he provided a brilliant assist for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the north London derby.

And his overall influence on the Arsenal side has been one of the more positive factors of Emery’s reign as Gunners boss.

And Mertesacker believes that the young Frenchman could become an Arsenal hero for fans to adorn for years to come.

“I think on the pitch you can see his sense of confidence, no matter where he is,” he said.

“He has the confidence to receive the ball and take it on toward the goals and assist.

“He’s someone we need to really watch.

“In terms of can he be a future Arsenal leader and be consistent week in week out? That’s what we expect from him now.”

“We’re in a situation where we need players to step up.”

Mertesacker, who picked up the captain’s armband during his time at Arsenal, went on to state that there was a lack of leaders in the current side.

“Everyone is asking: ‘Who is the captain? Who are the leaders?’” he added.

“We need players who step up on the field and show what they’ve capable of, and I have a good feeling we have a lot of people who can do that.”

Arsenal’s next clash is against Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend, with Emery’s side looking to bounce back from their home draw against Tottenham before the international break.

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