New signing Matteo Guendouzi, announced today as the fifth signing of the summer, says he’s going to fight for a club he considers legendary.
After telling the official website joining Arsenal was something he’d dreamed of as a child, he released a statement of his own via his Instagram account.
I am really happy to join the legendary Arsenal Football Club. I wanted to thank you all for the trust you put in me and I’m looking forward to training and playing on the renowned Emirates Stadium with my new team. I’m going to fight for the club and the fans. I want to make history with the Gunners 🙏🏼 I can’t wait to meet you all! • Now I'am a Gunner 🔴⚪️ Je suis très heureux de rejoindre cet incroyable club qu'est Arsenal. Je tenais à remercier toutes les personnes qui ont cru en moi et qui m'ont soutenu depuis le début. Je suis impatient de porter ce maillot, fouler la pelouse de l'Emirate Stadium, ce stade mythique qui fait tant rêver et rencontrer ses magnifiques supporters. Mais tout cela dans l'ultime objectif de travailler pour le succès de mon nouveau club. Pressé de vous rencontrer tous ! • Je suis un Gunner 🔴⚪️ #MG29 #arsenal
“I am really happy to join the legendary Arsenal Football Club,” he said.
“I wanted to thank you all for the trust you put in me and I’m looking forward to training and playing on the renowned Emirates Stadium with my new team.
“I’m going to fight for the club and the fans, I want to make history with the Gunners 🙏🏼
I can’t wait to meet you all.
“Now I’am a Gunner!”
Guendouzi also gave an insight into what Arsenal fans can expect when he steps out in the club’s colours this season.
“I’m a player who likes to get on the ball and use it,” Guendouzi told Arsenal Player.
“I like keeping possession and to play too. Playing the ball, linking up with my team-mates, battling for the team. I want to win every game – that’s really important to me.
“I’d say my main quality is keeping the ball and my passing.”
Guendouzi has been handed the number 29 shirt, inherited from Granit Xhaka who has changed to 34, and will start pre-season training immediately.
Head coach Unai Emery expects his new signing to be an important part of the first team from the off.
“We are delighted Matteo is joining us,” Emery told Arsenal.com.
“He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient.
“He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad.”