Matteo Guendouzi has discussed the fan’s growing expectations of him at Arsenal and the improvements the young midfielder has made since moving to the club.
Guendouzi is in his second full season at the north London side following his arrival from Lorient in 2018, though the highly-rated youngster has quickly made an impression at the Emirates, making 76 appearances in all competitions and earning a first senior call-up to the France squad.
The 20-year-old admits his arrival as an unknown quantity last season allowed him to play with less pressure and helped his bid to establish himself at the club, though says he is confident he can continue improving and handle the increased expectations from the Arsenal support.
“The fans definitely expect different things from me now,” Guendouzi told Arsenal.com. “Right at the beginning, last year, I arrived as a new player, a young player who had just arrived and who was unknown.
“Then, inevitably, my playing well from the beginning last year was something new but I was still seen as a young player and new player that they did not know. Now, I have shown them what I am capable of.
“I have shown them that I can help the team a lot. So it is normal that they now expect a lot more from me, especially as I have played a lot of games last season. Then, since the beginning of the season, I have started in numerous games so it is normal that they expect a lot from me. In any case, I will always try to meet [those expectations] on the pitch.
“I think that I have a certain status in the team now. I have been able to show that I can perform well so I now need to be consistent, always help the team, always give it my best and always play well on the pitch.
“I think I improved and that my level increased a lot this year. I really think that I have hit many milestones and moved up a good few notches. I am even better than last season. My objective is to always keep making progress and that is what I will do in the years to come, keep on improving so I can be the best.”