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Arsenal sign France U20 star Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates.

Arsenal have signed France under-20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient in a deal reportedly worth £7 million.

The club announced the signing on Wednesday, with Guendouzi reported to have signed a four-year deal.

Guendouzi, 19, is regarded as one of the most promising central midfielders in France and is viewed as a signing for the future at Arsenal, but head coach Unai Emery indicated that he expects Guendouzi to fight for a first-team place right away.

"We are delighted Matteo is joining us," Emery said in a statement. "He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad."

Guendouzi said he is "immensely proud" to join Arsenal and said he has wanted to play for the club since he was a child.

"My hope is to become a top player here at Arsenal," he said. "A lot of great players have played here. I want to become part of the club's history and to achieve great things here.

"I want to win titles, titles, titles. I want to establish myself here, which would be amazing. Winning silverware, as I said, is very important to me and winning things here at Arsenal would be incredible."

Guendouzi broke into the Lorient side in the 2016-17 season, when he made nine Ligue 1 appearances, and he made 20 appearances last season.

He is known for his vision and passing ability as a deeper-lying playmaker but also has the pace and ball control to drive forward as a box-to-box player.

His arrival at the Emirates comes after Arsenal missed out on another top French prospect in Yacine Adli, who chose to remain at Paris Saint-Germain.

He is Arsenal's fifth signing of the summer after a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira was completed on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have also signed another talented teenage prospect to their academy in 16-year-old striker Sam Greenwood.

The former Sunderland player posted a photo on Instagram signing his deal, writing that "today is the start of a new chapter in my life."

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