Matteo Guendouzi put in another positive performance for the France u21s on Monday, captaining his country’s youth team for the second time over the break.

Matteo Guendouzi with the France u21s (Photo via Guendouzi on Instagram)
Matteo Guendouzi with the France u21s (Photo via Guendouzi on Instagram)

Playing his first competitive matches since mid-June, albeit at youth level, Matteo Guendouzi captained the France u21s in Euro qualifiers against Georgia and Azerbaijan over the break.

Guendouzi’s best moment of the Georgia game came in the build-up to the opening goal. He shimmied past an opponent and won a free-kick, which he then took. His dangerous ball in took a couple of ricochets and went down as an own goal. France won 2-0.

Guendouzi then captained the side again facing Azerbaijan. Just like against Georgia, he played a key role in the opening goal.

The Arsenal midfielder made a nice run into the box and won a penalty, which Edouard scored. The match finished 2-1 after a couple of late goals.

Though the 21-year-old didn’t get an official assist for either of those goals, he’s clearly having an impact for his country’s top youth side. The fact they handed him the captain’s armband was also a sign of their faith in him.

Hopefully, this will lead to one or two more teams taking an interest in the player. He’s very clearly on the market, but no one is pushing for his signature at this stage.

It’s possible they’re all playing the waiting game. Potential suitors will hope Arsenal will get more desperate towards the end of the window and lower their asking price.

It’s certainly not ideal to have the situation still looming over us a few days before the league kicks off.