Just two games into his Arsenal career and Matteo Guendouzi is quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite.
It is easy to forget that the Frenchman only turned 19 in April, and last season was playing in the French second division.
If he was a young English lad, who had stepped up from the Championship to put in the performances he has done against Manchester City and Chelsea, the press would be going mad, saying a new star was born.
Instead (and luckily) he is French. Which means he will not be overhyped by the media too ear.y
In fact, the exact opposite has happened:
You have to question how and why Garth Crooks is still employed by the BBC, paid for by the British tax payer.
As a pundit he offers zero insight, and his “team of the week” are beyond parody.
This weeks contribution saw him pick a left back (Marcus Alonso) on the left wing, a left back (Benjamin Mendy) at centre back, and a central midfielder (Gilfi Sigurdsson) on the right wing.
I think we are safe to ignore anything that comes out of Crooks’ mouth.
Another BBC pundit, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright had a different view point
Guendouzi will make mistakes. He is certainly not the finished article, but the performances he has put in have been well beyond his age.
I saw one fan comment “it sums up how poor Arsenal are that Guendouzi has been our best central midfielder”.
Personally, I prefer to see it another way. The fact that he has been our best central midfielder shows how good he has been.
No one was complaining in 2004 when a 17-year old Cesc Fabregas was out performing Edu. It does not matter how old you are, if you are good enough; you are good enough.
What will also quickly connect him to fans is how he acts.
He was as disappointed as all of us when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed…
Guendouzi was also only one of three players to go across to the away fans and thank them for their incredible support. Only a small gesture, but will quickly get fans backing you.
He has probably already wrapped up Arsenal’s Player of the Month Award and should now start against West Ham on merit – and not because other players are not fully fit.
As long as he continues to work hard, stays fit and focused, and gets the luck every player needs, Guendouzi will develop into a top, top player.