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Didier Deschamps warns Arsenal not to pile too much pressure on Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi

France manager Didier Deschamps has hailed Matteo Guendouzi but urged Arsenal to be patient with the youngster.

The 20-year-old midfielder has made an excellent start to 2019/20, starring in the Gunners' recent 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Deschamps rewarded Guendouzi with a call-up to the senior France squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.

But the World Cup-winning boss, who also lifted the trophy as France's captain in 1998, has warned Arsenal (opens in new tab) not to expect too much too soon from the former Lorient man.

"Don't ask too much. He's a young player who is still the Espoirs generation, who plays a lot of matches with Arsenal where there is strong competition," Deschamps told Foot Mercato (opens in new tab).

"He's the modern midfielder, box to box as they say there, with a lot of power and technical quality too. He's there. What I expect from young people is that they bring this freshness, this dynamism. He is a very young player but with very big potential."

Guendouzi will return to Premier League action when Arsenal face Watford (opens in new tab) on Sunday.


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Greg Lea
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).