Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette believes teammate Matteo Guendouzi has what it takes to become one of the best midfielders in world football.
The 20-year-old has stood out for the Gunners so far this term in what is his second season after signing from Lorient.
A real leader in the middle of the park, the Frenchman has been nominated for FIFA’s Golden Boy award, earned a first call-up to Les Bleus’ senior squad and won Arsenal’s September Player of the Month award.
And fellow countryman Lacazette, who has formed a close friendship with the starlet and striker partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, feels Guendouzi can establish himself at the very top of the game.
“He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with me and Auba]!” the goal-getter told Arsenal.com.
“We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.”
“I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month.”
“We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball.”
“Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.”
Arsenal currently sit third in the Premier League after collecting 15 points from their opening eight matches.
Unai Emery’s side next face a trip to Sheffield United on Monday night where they will aim to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches.