When Arsenal spent £7m on Lorient’s Matteo Guendouzi, few expected him to have a big role in the team straight away.

However, some good performances in preseason saw the 19-year-old climb through the pecking order in Unai Emery’s team, and the youngster is now a quasi-regular in the Spaniard’s first XI.

As well as helping his team go on a 10-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, albeit with three draws in their last three games, Guendouzi also earned himself his first call-up to the France U21 squad, making his debut on Thursday in a 2-2 draw against Croatia’s U21.

After the game, the player spoke to the media, relayed by Foot Mercato, where he touched upon his great start to the season at the Emirates, and explained why things were going so well at Arsenal.

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He said:  “I’m very happy about my start. After that, the most important for me is the team, we’re on a good run of 15 or 16 games without a loss, which is something we need to continue on. We’ve drawn the last three games in the league, but we’re a very solid team, and I hope we can do great things.

“There’s a really good togetherness in the group, and that’s why we’ve made a good start to the season. It really is everyone together. There’s no specific groups, and it shows on the pitch.”

Since joining Arsenal, Guendouzi has made 15 appearances in all competitions, during which he has scored one goal and picked up two assists.