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Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has backed his team-mate Matteo Guendouzi to become one of the best in the business.
After arriving from French Ligue 2 side Lorient for £8m in 2018, the Frenchman has had a strong start to the new campaign. The 20-year-old has established himself as an essential piece of Unai Emery’s lineup in midfield alongside the likes of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, playing in every Premier League game thus far.
His efforts were rewarded with the Gunners’ player of the month award for September.
And Lacazette, 28, has told the club’s official website how Guendouzi can grow into one of the very best players around.
“He is like the younger brother”, the Frenchman said. “We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.
“I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month.
“We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball.
“Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.”
The France U21 international has grown and matured this season.
Former Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker said that he expects the 20-year-old to become a future leader at the club due to his sense of confidence, per talkSPORT.
And Lacazette raises a very good point concerning being brave and making himself available to pick up possession. This season so far, the former Lorient midfielder has made an average of 1.4 interceptions and accumulated a pass success rate of 87.4%.
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This is replicated from last season, in 33 games he averaged 87.7% passing accuracy and 1.3 tackles per game.
If he can keep this up, then the 20-year-old may well be on track to live up to Lacazette’s words.