The French midfielder made a mistake against Bournemouth but Wright is a huge fan (Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised teenager Matteo Guendouzi’s performances for the Gunners this season and hit back at fans for writing ‘s**t’ about him.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakout campaign in north London since leaving Lorient, racking up 24 Premier League appearances despite his tender years, though he was under fire for a mistake that saw Bournemouth score on Wednesday night.
But Wright had jumped to the defence of Guendouzi and highlighted how positive he is with the ball – unlike Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who he took an unexpected pop at.
The Frenchman lost possession on the edge of his own box as Bournemouth scored (Getty)‘Guendouzi, for a 19-year-old, to come into the team and play continuously up to this point [is astounding],’ the former Arsenal striker explained on his YouTube channel.
‘You know, he makes some mistakes and I’m seeing some s**t, people writing he gives the ball away. He’s 19. He’s come from the second division in France into the Premier League.
‘PSG are now looking at him hard. So if that’s the case, why [are] our fans digging him out for these misplaced balls?
‘He’s always trying to pass [forward] and do productive stuff, he’s not sideways when he can go forwards. He don’t do that Henderson move. He wants to pass forward and he should be encouraged to do that.’
Henderson is often criticised for playing too many safe, sideways passes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal travel to Wembley for the north London derby on Saturday and Wright hopes to see both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start together up front.
He continued: ‘I would try and get them both in the team and get more players from a defensive point of view where Aubameyang doesn’t have to run back to close down things.
‘I want to see him and Lacazette in there doing their thing. Bring in another defensive man to do that. We shouldn’t have two strikers, as potent as they are, and one of them is on the bench. It don’t make sense.’
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