Arsenal transfer news: Matteo Guendouzi sends defiant message to Unai Emery
The 19-year-old is the most recent Gunners signing after joining from Lorient earlier this month.
Guendouzi is likely to be used primarily in the under-23 setup this season, despite featuring heavily in Ligue 1 and 2 in recent years.
However, the youngster has pleaded with Emery to give him a shot in the first team this term.
“Yes I hope to play, that’s true but this is a big squad, with a lot of great players with a lot of experience,” he told AFP.
“It’s a question of working, working, working, and afterwards the coach will make his choices.
“But I hope to play a few games.
“It’s a great environment to work in, we’re working really well in training and we’re playing well in the matches.
“But it’s only the start.
“Hopefully this will be a big adventure with Arsenal.
“These are only friendly matches so I need to keep working — that’s the most important thing for the future I hope to have at Arsenal.”
Guendouzi has impressed Gunners fans during the club’s pre-season tour of Singapore this summer.
Arsenal supporters have also had the chance to watch new arrivals Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in action.