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The 20-year-old replaces Juventus‘ Blaise Matuidi, who has withdrawn from Didier Deschamps’ squad with a rib injury.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