Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi told to join Gunners by surprise ex-player

ARSENAL star Matteo Guendouzi was advised to take the next step in his career and join the Gunners – by Jeremie Aliadiere.

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Guendouzi joined from Lorient as a relative unknown but despite being just 19, he has started every game for Unai Emery in the heart of midfield.

And he has not looked out of place, keeping the likes of Lucas Torreira out of the starting XI.

The youngster exudes confidence and calmness on the ball and can pick a pass fantastically.

Adjusting to the Premier League can be difficult, even for the more season pro – but the Frenchman seems to have picked it up in no time.

And it has been revealed that several clubs were chasing his signature including Barcelona and Paris St-Germain.

But he turned them down for a move to the Emirates – on the advice of a former Gunners star.

Aliadiere was part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2004 but it would be fair to say his career at Arsenal was more of a bit-part role.

Nonetheless, he recommended his former team to the wonderkid.

He said: “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.

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

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