Arsenal sign French youngster Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

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.

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