Arsenal midfielder and France youth International Matteo Guendouzi credits martial art to mature his mentality as a footballer. The 20-year-old is also a member of the France senior squad.
Arsenal’s teenage midfielder Matteo Guendouzi recently spoke at the club’s media. He has been included in the final shortlist for the Golden Boy award. The youngster has been a sensation since joining the Gunners last season from French club Lorient. Since then he has made some big leaps in his career and recently got a call up from France senior squad. The player is often termed as more mature than his age. And the youngster credits his father and martial art for that.
Speaking of Karate building his fighting mentality, “I think it really helped me in terms of my mentality, being a fighter on the pitch, and always wanting to win and get stuck into duels in a bid to really help the team,” Guendouzi told Arsenal Player, the official media channel of the Gunners.
Guendouzi’s father is a karate instructor, and the player also took the lessons from his father. He was quite good at that as well as he once came third in France in a Karate competition.
The player is very direct in the midfield. His runs from the deeper midfield to more advanced position has been lauded. The kind of energy, the passion he possesses in the field is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Similarly, there are some areas where he will have to improve but he has age on his side.
Regarding his movements and traits, Guendouzi has Karate to give credit to. “I certainly have very fond memories of doing karate. In terms of flexibility. I’d say I’m more flexible on the pitch which is a great help. As for my fitness, karate is very intense, so I think that’s why I’m able to make such a big effort and have that warrior-like mentality.”
Regarding the award, the player thinks that it is the reward for hard work for both club and country. He said that he is proud, and also congratulated the other 19 nominees of the award.
Guendouzi will have to fight with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Joao Felix, Jadon Sancho and others for the coveted personal silverware.
Although the player is going through a rosy period, his club is in need of some inspiration. Gunners have been lackluster in the last few weeks. They are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions. Unai Emery is also under huge pressure at the club. Arsenal will resume their campaign by hosting Southampton after the international break.