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UNAI EMERY says Arsenal beat off a host of competition to land Matteo Guendouzi
The Gunners have today confirmed their latest summer signing after they spent £8m on Lorient midfielder Guendouzi.
The 19-year-old, who started at Paris St-Germain before moving to the Lorient academy in 2014, becomes Emery’s fifth signing since being appointed at the Emirates.
And the new Arsenal boss believes his side have pulled off a major coup in landing Guendouzi.
Emery said: “We are delighted Matteo is joining us.
“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.”
Guendouzi, who will wear the number 29 shirt at Arsenal, is determined to land silverware with his new club.
“Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child,” he said.
It gives me great pride – it’s incredible – and 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. I’m hugely proud.”
He added: “My hope is to become a top player here at Arsenal. A lot of great players have played here. I want to become part of the club’s history and to achieve great things.
“I want to win titles, titles, titles. Winning silverware, as I said, is very important to me and winning things here at Arsenal would be incredible.”