Arsenal loaned out a number of first-team options this season, and it seems as though life away from the Emirates is going quite well for a couple of them.
In the same weekend that Lucas Torreira scored his first Atletico Madrid goal, Matteo Guendouzi made his debut for Hertha Berlin and, by all accounts, he put in a great shift.
Hertha manager Bruno Labbadia gave the Gunners’ youngster a glowing review in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg over the weekend.
“Matteo did very well. He put another mark in the game by repeatedly demanding and dragging balls, passing opponents briefly and then playing the easy pass,” Labbadia told Kicker, praising the Arsenal loanee.
“That gave us a little more stability, which was definitely good. Our consideration was that he might be able to help us more than if he had to wear himself out in duels. I think that worked well. We always were dominant. That is exactly his game. That’s why it worked.
“But the advantage is that Matteo is very intelligent and solves a lot automatically. We have to get to know that first.”
It is certainly a promising start to life in the German capital for the midfielder, and he will be hoping to build on this in the future.
The higher-ups at Arsenal will be hoping that this is just the start for Guendouzi and that this loan spell helps him reach his potential and reclaim his starting berth for the London club.
Of course, it’s still early days for the 21-year-old, but it’s always nice to get plaudits after your debut.
In other news, another Arsenal loanee playing abroad has been praised.