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Martin Keown praises Matteo Guendouzi’s performance in north London derby draw

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Martin Keown praises Matteo Guendouzi’s performance in north London derby draw

The former Gunner was impressed by the energetic midfielder.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was full of praise for young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s performance in the 2-2 north London derby draw against Tottenham.

As per the Daily Mail, Keown speculated that Granit Xhaka’s days in the Gunners’ engine room could be numbered after the £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) Frenchman played perhaps as well as he ever has in a red and white shirt.

Keown said: “Matteo Guendouzi put in possibly the best performance I’ve seen from him in an Arsenal shirt. Lucas Torreira has to be a starter for me, and Dani Ceballos is looking good.

 

“Emery will have to look at the pros and cons and decide whether it is even worth persisting with Xhaka. I suspect Xhaka may be on borrowed time in this team. He could soon find himself behind others in the pecking order.”

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TBR’s View – Guendouzi has a decent case to take Xhaka’s spot if he can find consistency

Guendouzi and Torreira with Dani Ceballos further forward would give Arsenal a combative, energetic midfield three more than capable of offering a springboard for their electric front three.

The issue is that Xhaka looks to have taken on a greater leadership role now that Laurent Koscielny has left the club and is a full international of greater experience than the young Frenchman.

But Guendouzi is able to channel his energy in the right way and if he can get a run of games together and keep his form up, he would become a genuine alternative and perhaps even an upgrade on Xhaka.

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