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‘Build around him’: Stan Collymore drools over potential Arsenal ‘superstar’

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore was full of praise in the Daily Mirror for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi after Sunday’s north London derby.

He believes that the French 20-year-old has outstanding potential, which can be realised if Arsenal surround him with the right players.

He said: “Matteo Guendouzi can go on and be whatever he wants to be. His performance in the north London derby on Sunday only served to reaffirm that belief. He has the ability, the vision and the awareness.

“If he stays at Arsenal and they build around him, putting someone with more discipline than Granit Xhaka and someone else who is physically bigger the Lucas Torreira alongside him, then we could see the growth of a superstar in front of our eyes. He really is that good.”

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TBR’s View – More glimpses of magic like Sunday’s will elevate Guendouzi to the next level

Many observers who watched Guendouzi thought they’d got the measure of him in terms of being an energetic, fairly pragmatic holding player who always wants the ball in order to pass it onto the flair players.

His sumptuous assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser on Sunday showed a different side to his game many hadn’t seen before; a guile and an invention to create something out of nothing.

If he can regularly marry that with his physicality and energy, he really could become a force. A superstar as Collymore suggests? Perhaps not, but he can certainly elevate himself above Granit Xhaka’s level.

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