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t is clear already that Arsenal have signed a gem in Matteo Guendouzi.
Guendouzi starred in pre-season for the Gunners and it was no mirage, he looks like the real deal.
It is easy to forget he is just 19-years-old.
Arsenal fans may bristle at the comparison, but not since Tottenham’s signing of Dele Alli in 2015 has a teenage midfielder signed for a bargain fee made such an instant impact.
Spurs spent just £5 million on Alli, with Arsenal signing Guendouzi for just £8 million, just as outrageous in today’s market.
Both players have adapted instantly to the Premier League and Guendouzi has the makings of a superstar.
Alli and Guendouzi are different types of midfielders, with the Arsenal ace more of a creator than a goalscorer, but their early impact is comparable.
It must be galling then for Tottenham that they could have had both.
Last December Spurs were linked by SkySports with a swoop on Guendouzi, but did not act on their interest.
Arsenal met Lorient’s demands in the summer and appear to have a real gem on their hands, so much so, that it’s unlikely Gooners would swap him for the Spurs midfielder.