Matteo Guendouzi called up for France as Arsenal star hopes for first appearance


Matteo Guendouzi called up for France to replace injured Blaise Matuidi as Arsenal star hopes for first appearance in Didier Deschamps’ side after being left on the bench in September

  • Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been called up to the France squad 
  • Blaise Matuidi has pulled out ahead of Euro qualifiers with Moldova and Albania 
  • Guendouzi has yet to make a France appearance despite a September call-up 
  • The 20-year-old’s form is not what is was then, as Arsenal’s form crumbles 

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been called up to the France squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania.

The 20-year-old replaces Juventus‘ Blaise Matuidi, who has withdrawn from Didier Deschamps’ squad with a rib injury.

Guendouzi has represented France at youth level and was called up to the senior squad for their qualifiers in September, but was an unused substitute against Albania and Andorra.

Matteo Guendouzi has been called up for France after Blaise Matuidi was pulled out with injury

Matteo Guendouzi has been called up for France after Blaise Matuidi was pulled out with injury

The battling Arsenal midfielder was an unused substitute on his last call up in September

The battling Arsenal midfielder was an unused substitute on his last call up in September 

Guendouzi has featured for France's U21 side but is yet to make a first-team appearance

Guendouzi has featured for France’s U21 side but is yet to make a first-team appearance 

He has been a key figure in Unai Emery’s side this season and has been an ever-present in the Premier League.

The world champions are second in Group H behind Turkey ahead of their final matches against Moldova on Thursday and Albania on Sunday.

France are level on points with Turkey but behind on the head-to-head records after losing the away fixture and drawing 1-1 in Paris last time out.

Guendouzi's form has dipped after a fast start to the season, as Arsenal slump into a poor run

Guendouzi’s form has dipped after a fast start to the season, as Arsenal slump into a poor run

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