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ARSENAL star Matteo Guendouzi thinks Unai Emery is picking him over Lucas Torreira because of how he performed in pre-season.
Arsenal signed Guendouzi from Ligue 2 side Lorient this summer with many expecting the 19-year-old to take time to gel with his new team-mates.
Instead, however, the teenager has caught the eye at the Emirates Stadium, starting all four of their Premier League matches against Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Cardiff.
Arsenal also signed Torreira from Sampdoria this summer but, so far, the Uruguay international has been unable to force his way into the side.
And Guendouzi feels his stellar pre-season has helped him oust his new team-mate from Emery’s starting XI.
“I had a good pre-season, I was illustrated during the preparation matches in Singapore,” he said.
“I think it weighed in the balance and it gave me the opportunity to start the league games.
“I knew how to answer this. It’s up to me to keep working so that the team can win as many games as possible.
“In any case, at Arsenal, I have everything to progress. And we have everything to make a great season.”
Guendozui has also found playing for Arsenal an exciting new challenge.
He added: “It’s another world.
“Arsenal is a historic club, beautiful, world famous, one of the best in Europe with big stars in the team.
“It’s hard to tell but it’s really another dimension. Everything changed.