Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Arsenal sign youngster Guendouzi from Lorient

Arsenal sign youngster Guendouzi from Lorient

New boss Emery wants the Welshman to stay put but the lack of development over his new terms is causing problems, similar to the issues that surrounded Alexis Sanchez before his exit.

The 22-year-old Uruguay midfielder officially signed for the Gunners on Tuesday following weeks of speculation linking him with a move from Serie A side Sampdoria.

"I am very happy with him", he said. I want to know with my direct opinion, with my direct conversations with the player.

I want to work with him.


"I want to work with Petr Cech, Bernd Leno, Emilio Martinez, Matt Macey, David Ospina", said Emery.

"The big clubs don't close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player. I said to Ivan, Raul and Sven [Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat, the collective dealing with contracts and transfers] he's an important player for me".

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Asked why Ramsey has not signed a new deal with Arsenal, Emery replied: 'This is one question for the player and for the club.

Emery hinted that Koscielny would remain one of his leaders, but plans to name a quintet of skippers once he gets to know his squad better.

"We've spoken about that", he said.

Both Dortmund and Napoli would have been able to offer the player Champions League football, something Arsenal are unable to do, but he has chosen the Premier League. And then, I think my first idea is to have five captains in the team. "Not all the coaches have the same relationship with a player and I have my personality", he told a news conference.

Emery did confirm that current skipper Laurent Koscielny is set to keep the armband for the time being.

"I have respect for that. We will only sign a player in the next month if he's a big opportunity". "I will choose the best player for that". We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players.

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