Arsenal are set to offer Matteo Guendouzi a new and improved contract, according to reports in England, just one year after the 20-year-old signed for the club.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Guendouzi joined the Gunners from Lorient on a four-year deal last summer, so he’s not exactly approaching the end of his contract. After he made 47 appearances in his debut season as a teenager, however, Arsenal are clearly set on making sure the French u21 international is tied down for the long term.

Mark Irwin of The S*n reports that Arsenal are ready to offer Guendouzi £75,000-a-week, to recognise his contribution to the senior squad this season. They want to extend the midfielder’s deal to 2023 and almost double his current £40,000-a-week wages.

Guendouzi has certainly had a solid first season, but he also has some areas to work on if he’s going to develop into a top midfielder. He makes a few too many individual errors and picks up too many yellow cards at the moment, and he’s also not as good in the air as he should be, given his size.

Nonetheless, he’s shown his potential with the ball at his feet this season, and it’s not uncommon for young players to need some work on the other side of their game. If he does extend his contract, let’s hope Guendouzi is even more driven to reach his potential with Arsenal.

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