Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi has credited his manager Unai Emery for helping him break into the French national team squad, after the midfielder was called up to the senior squad for the first time.
Having arrived in north London in 2018, Guendouzi enjoyed a promising start to his Premier League career last season, but seems to have taken his game to another level in the early stages of the current campaign.
The 20-year-old has started each of Arsenal's four games so far, and played a pivotal role in helping his side fight back to earn a 2-2 draw against Tottenham
Explaining his rapid improvement, Guendouzi spoke of a conversation with Emery during pre-season, where it was made to clear to him what he needed to do to establish himself as a first team regular.
"Whether it’s defensively, with the ball and without it, the manager wanted me to work on a lot of things.
"Since I was kid, it was a goal of mine. A dream. The fact it’s become true, you recall all the steps in your career: the hard times, the important moments.