Arsenal have added a new player to their squad named Matteo Guendouzi from French Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee, the club announced.
Guendouzi becomes Unai Emery’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, goalkeeper Bernd Leno as well as midfielder Lucas Torreira into the club.
“Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child,” Guendouzi told the club’s website here
“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.”
The 19-year-old began his career at Paris Saint Germain’s academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014. He made his debut for the Ligue 2 side two years ago and went on to make 30 appearances for them.
“He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him,” said Emery, who in May became Arsenal’s first new manager in 22 years following the departure of Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.
“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.”