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Arsene Wenger believes Matteo Guendouzi has ‘big potential’ and praises Arsenal youth focus

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The French midfielder has played a key role for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi’s impact at Arsenal and believes he will have a big future, though holds Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in similar esteem.

The French midfielder has been one of the stand-out players for the Gunners so far this season, starting all eight Premier League matches, and even earned a call-up to the French senior squad last month.

Guendouzi was signed shortly after Wenger’s departure, though he still keeps a close eye on his old club and is a fan of his compatriot – as well as two players who he saw emerge through the academy.

Wenger was honoured at an event in London this week (Picture: Arsenal Media)

Asked about Guendouzi’s potential for both Arsenal and France, Wenger told Arsenal’s website: ‘He looks to be a good potential.

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‘I think there are many other players who have fantastic potential, who played already with me, like Joe Willock and you have Reiss Nelson.

‘You have many players who come out and have a big potential and Guendouzi is one of them.’

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On the youth emphasis at Arsenal, he continued: ‘It’s part of our DNA at Arsenal. It has always been part of it, to give a chance.

‘I think when you are a manager and you can give a chance to a young boy, it’s always fantastic. And when they can play at such a high level like Arsenal, it’s even better.’

Guendouzi is back with the France Under-21s after his call-up to the senior squad (Getty)

Wenger has yet to return to the Emirates since leaving but watches the games on television avidly and continues to support the club through thick and thin.

Asked what it’s like watching Arsenal now, rather than managing the side, he added: ‘Ups and downs, like for every fan! I don’t judge too much, I just want Arsenal to win and play well.

‘For me winning is the consequence of the quality of the game, of the quality of the football you play. So I am more attentive to how the players develop, how the young players come up and how we play football.’

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