Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is in line for his first senior cap for France when they face Moldova and Albania in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying encounters.
Guendouzi was called up to Didier Deschamps’ squad as a replacement for injured Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi who had to withdraw after suffering a broken rib in his side’s 1 nil win against AC Milan in the Serie A just before the international break.
This is the opportunity for the young midfielder to make the move up from the U21 level although he has been in and around the squad, having been called to replace Manchester United’s injured Paul Pogba early this season.
However, he played no part for France on the pitch. Regardless, Deschamps opined that the experience puts in good stead this time around.
“Matteo has been here before,” Deschamps said in his press conference.
“We are in a similar situation here as we were in last September when he replaced Paul Pogba.
“Matteo is on top with his club and with the U21s. We are in a position of continuity on this subject matter. He is a young player with strong potential even if he has yet to have any playing time with us.”
Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Thierry Henry has revealed his admiration for the midfielder and believes that he has the potential to maintain his place in the French set up even after the return of the likes of Pogba and Matuidi.
“I saw him (Guendouzi) also at the Under-21 European Championship where he played on and off,” Henry said.
“He’s been doing well with Arsenal. Is he going to make the Euros or not? I don’t know.
“The competition is massive in midfield. But it’s a great experience for him to be able to go and play some games, just being in and around the team.
“That’s the type of problem that Didier Deschamps is going to have. But in all fairness they are nice problems to have.”