Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi, after the earlier news that he had put pen to paper on his deal yesterday.
The 19 year old midfielder joins from Ligue 2 Lorient on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee – believed to be in the region of €8m, but with much of that fee tied up in various clauses.
Guendouzi made 21 appearances in all competitions last season, and is the young midfield prospect the club have been after all summer.
Initial attempts to bring in Yacin Adli from PSG looked promising before he signed professional terms with the Parisians, but Unai Emery’s knowledge of French football from his time there saw him make personal contact with Guendouzi to convince him to join ahead of other suitors.
Speaking to the official site, the new boy said, “It’s something I’m immensely proud of. Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child.
“It gives me great pride – it’s incredible. I hope I can do great things here. It doesn’t get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history, like Arsenal.
“I’m hugely proud.”