Arsenal sensation Matteo Guendouzi has hailed Unai Emery for helping him improve as a player.
The midfielder has been a revelation this season despite just one full Premier League campaign under his belt.
It’s been a remarkable rise for the 20-year-old who signed for a relatively modest £8m in 2018.
Guendouzi, who has now linked up with the France U21 squad, insists Emery has made a big difference.
“We communicate a lot in training, in games on what I can bring on the pitch or in my personal life,” he said.
“He’s someone who’s taught me a lot on and off the pitch.
“I know he trusts me a lot because I’ve started all the games in the Premier League since the start of the season.
“It’s then up to me to stay myself, play well and repay that trust.
“He’s the one who gave me the opportunity at the highest level. I already played a lot last year.
“He gives me a lot of confidence and he’s the one who makes me feel good on the pitch.
“There’s also my teammates, who are a big part of that, but he’s really, really made me progress since I arrived at Arsenal.”
Arsenal and France legend Robert Pires exclusively told Starsport last month that Guendouzi can still get even better.
“£8m is nothing for Arsenal, it’s nothing,” he said.
“It was a very good deal for the club and for Matteo.
“Today he’s playing for Arsenal – and he knows there’s a lot of pressure – but I like him because he’s very confident.
“He has a very good technique and vision, but can also play it simple. I think he’ll be a big success with Arsenal and maybe with the France national team.
“Of course he can get better – this is normal. You have to get better and improve every day in training for yourself, your team-mates and of course the manager.
“I think he can reach a high, high level with Arsenal and I want that for him.”