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One for the future: Matteo Guendouzi signs for Arsenal

Building not just for now, but for tomorrow.

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With yesterday’s signing of Lucas Torreira, the first team squad is, for lack of a better word, built. According to Ornstein, there will be no more acquisitions for the senior team before the English transfer window closes on the 9th, so what you see there is, for better or worse, what you get.

What isn’t stopping, however, is the stockpiling of talent for the future, and on that note, the club today announced the signing of 19 year old Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient’s youth academy.

Guendouzi is already making a pretty big impact - he’s made 30-plus appearances for Lorient, and has represented France at every level up to the U20’s. The midfielder says he wants “to become a top player at Arsenal” and that he wants “to become part of the club’s history and to do great things”. Which, y’know, we all want for you too!

Unai Emery says that Guendouzi “will be an important part of the first team squad”. Whether that means this season or, as is more likely, in a season or two after a loan spell is yet to be determined, but either way, it’s good to see Arsenal with one eye on the future while they also tend to the present.