Arsene Wenger rates Guendouzi and names two more Arsenal youngsters with ‘big potential’

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Matteo Guendouzi has ‘big potential’ and praises Arsenal youth focus Comment The French midfielder has played a key role for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi’s impact at Arsenal and believes he will have a big future, though holds Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in similar esteem.The French midfielder has been one of the stand-out players for the Gunners so far this season, starting all eight Premier League matches, and even earned a call-up to the French senior squad last month.Guendouzi was signed shortly after Wenger’s departure, though he still keeps a close eye on his old club and is a fan of his compatriot – as well as two players who he saw emerge through the academy. Guendouzi is back with the France Under-21s after his call-up to the senior squad (Getty)Wenger has yet to return to the Emirates since leaving but watches the games on television avidly and continues to support the club through thick and thin.Asked what it’s like watching Arsenal now, rather than managing the side, he added: ‘Ups and downs, like for every fan! I don’t judge too much, I just want Arsenal to win and play well.‘For me winning is the consequence of the quality of the game, of the quality of the football you play. So I am more attentive to how the players develop, how the young players come up and how we play football.’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 Advertisementcenter_img Wenger was honoured at an event in London this week (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about Guendouzi’s potential for both Arsenal and France, Wenger told Arsenal’s website: ‘He looks to be a good potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think there are many other players who have fantastic potential, who played already with me, like Joe Willock and you have Reiss Nelson.‘You have many players who come out and have a big potential and Guendouzi is one of them.’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 CityOn the youth emphasis at Arsenal, he continued: ‘It’s part of our DNA at Arsenal. It has always been part of it, to give a chance.‘I think when you are a manager and you can give a chance to a young boy, it’s always fantastic. And when they can play at such a high level like Arsenal, it’s even better.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShareslast_img read more

WACA left fuming after missing out on hosting India Test

first_imgPerth: Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) chairman Tuck Waldron expressed his displeasure after the stadium in Perth was overlooked for hosting a Test against India later this year. The four Tests of the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and SCG respectively starting December 3. “I’m really disappointed in this decision, I think it is the wrong decision. I just can’t understand why they’d make that decision,” Waldron told reporters in Perth as per cricket.com.au. “It’s a kick in the guts to WA, to all our cricket-loving people and to our WACA members. When you’ve got one of the best stadiums in the world and the second-best cricket venue in the world, the time-slots back to India for TV, etcetera; to me it’s a no-brainer,” he added. Perth will instead host the historic Test between Australia and Afghanistan starting November 21. Afghanistan have never played a Test Down Under and it will be a momentous occasion for the minnows who acquired Test status only in 2018. “We have a duty to the cricket fans here, to Afghanistan as a visitor to our state, to ensure we provide the best possible facilities and enjoyment for them as we possibly can,” WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said. “Let’s not forget, it is a history-making Test – they’ve never played Test cricket in Australia so once again, Western Australia will be part of history. We will continue to demonstrate how well we do those things, but when we see India fly across the top of us to the other side of the country, we might shed a little tear,” she added. IANS Also watch: Flash floods hit Assam! Here are some scenes of the devastationlast_img read more