When Matteo Guendouzi was signed by Arsenal in the summer transfer window, many would have been forgiven if they assumed the 19-year-old was being earmarked for the future.
In turns out that manager Unai Emery wants the midfielder to establish a place in the first team already as he has started the youngster in both Premier League matches so far.
The Frenchman played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, as well as the club’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea.
Even though the Gunners are yet to pick up a point in the top flight, fans have been impressed with Guendouzi’s early impact.
After last weekend’s action, WhoScored revealed that the youngster has made more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the division.
Matteo Guendouzi: Has made more tackles and interceptions combined (17) than any other player in the Premier League this season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 20, 2018
Of course, it needs to be noted that the league season is only two games in, but early indications are that the midfielder will be an influential figure.
The fact that Guendouzi has carried out his duties with no fear despite the level of opposition is also a positive sign.
On Reddit, Arsenal fans posted their thoughts about the statistic.
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