Arsenal have completed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi from Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee believed to be £7m.
The youngster began his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014.
The 19-year-old, who plays as a defensive playmaker, made his first team debut for Lorient in Ligue 1 and went on to make 30 appearances in a season that saw them relegated.
Guendouzi is a France youth international having represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.
“He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him,” Unai Emery said.
“He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad.”
Guendouzi becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing under Emery after Stephan Lichsteiner, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira all joined the club this summer.