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Journalist has spoken honestly about Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal red card

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Unai Emery and Arsenal threw Matteo Guendouzi right in the deep end this season.

When the Frenchman initially signed for the Gunners, many supporters were left scrambling for his Wikipedia page and wondering whether he'd get anywhere near the starting XI.

Fast forward to October, though, and fans are more than familiar with Guendouzi who has already been handed 10 appearances in 2018-19.

And while most 19-year-olds might play it safe and hide away in big moments, Guendouzi has shown himself to have a real personality on the pitch and hasn't been afraid to make a mistake.

He's quickly endeared himself to Arsenal fans with his enthusiasm and hard work, even if that went a little too far during the Carabao Cup clash with Blackpool this week.

Guendouzi dismissed vs Blackpool

The Gunners didn't have an easy ride against the League One side with Paudie O'Connor's goal jangling a few nerves after Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe opened the scoring.

However, it was a frustrating night for Guendouzi who picked up his first dismissal for Arsenal, receiving two cautions before the red card was raised.

It was a moment that exposed Gunedouzi's lack of experience at the top level and also ruled him out of contention for the upcoming Liverpool game with a domestic suspension.

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The Telegraph's positive verdict

Nevertheless, due praise continued to circulate and The Telegraph were keen to make their opinion clear on Guendouzi after the lowest point of his Arsenal career.

Journalist Sam Dean penned the following day: "While so many teenage talents tend to flicker in and out of games, Guendouzi imposes himself on proceedings.

"So often, when he has the ball, he will hold his hands out in front of him, demanding options from the attackers and ushering runners into position.

"That spirit will be missing against Liverpool, when Guendouzi’s energy and physicality would have made him an obvious candidate to challenge Jurgen Klopp’s high-intensity midfield.

"There is no fear and no reticence from the big-haired midfielder who has made such a big impact at the Emirates.

"It is remarkable to think, when you watch them both play, that Guendouzi is two years younger than Ainsley Maitland-Niles, for example.

"Nevertheless, his suspension was needless and, as he watches from the stands like a scolded teenager, it will be the first time this season that he has truly looked his age."

High praise for Guendouzi indeed and you've got to say it's deserved.

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The high intensity that he brings to the Arsenal midfield will be badly missed in the Liverpool fixture, especially with Klopp's constant pressing and movement.

As Dean notes, though, last night was the first instance that Guendouzi's lack of discipline has cost Arsenal and he'll need to cut out the rash challenges out of his game going forward.

Guendouzi is still young and has already shown himself to be a real talent, so hopefully he'll fire himself up for his return while he watches Liverpool from the stands.

Do you think Guendouzi will make the cut at Arsenal? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
Football
Unai Emery
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Blackpool
Arsenal
Liverpool

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