Alan Shearer praises ‘warrior’ Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal’s comeback win against Aston Villa

Alan Shearer praises ‘warrior’ Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal’s comeback win against Aston Villa

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi delivered an inspirational performance during Arsenal’s win against Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer has hailed Matteo Guendouzi’s performance during Arsenal’s enthralling 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, describing the Frenchman as a ‘warrior’.The 20-year-old has enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, starting in all six of Arsenal’s Premier League games and earning a first senior call-up to the France senior squad.Arsenal had to show plenty of character to claw themselves back into the game after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had been sent off with Villa twice taking the lead to stun the Emirates.Guendouzi played a pivotal role in their comeback, winning a penalty for Nicolas Pepe to score Arsenal’s first goal before playing a great ball for Calum Chambers to convert their second.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Advertisement Alan Shearer praises ‘warrior’ Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal’s comeback win against Aston Villa Guendouzi won a penalty which was converted by Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Shearer said: ‘This guy Guendouzi was absolutely magnificent in the second half, they needed a warrior and he stood up.’AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Guendouzi’s pass to Chambers, Shearer added: ‘Again Guendouzi, super ball in, weight of pass. Yes, they get a little bit of luck but he [Calum Chambers] finishes it off.’Guendouzi’s influence on the Arsenal side is shown by the stats as he has completed the highest number of passes in the squad, the joint-top number of interceptions and the second-highest number of tackles.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery was impressed with his performance against Villa, saying: ‘With Matteo, last year when he came here he progressed and he is progressing.‘Really I like that spirit he has, he has talent but above all his attitude, his energy, his commitment and his behaviour.’While Guendouzi received praise for his performance, his midfield partner Granit Xhaka was not as he was booed by supporters after he was substituted in the final 20 minutes.Arsenal’s win lifted them into fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of Monday’s clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 11:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShareslast_img

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