Arsenal secured teenage Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira as they continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Arsenal FC confirmed on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 that Matteo Guendouzi joined the side for an undisclosed fee from second-tier English side, Lorient.
The 19-year-old French midfielder started his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy in 2005 before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014 at the age of fourteen.
He made his senior team debut for Lorient aged 17 in October 2016 and went on to make 30 appearances. He has also represented France at several junior levels, including at the U18, U19 and U20 age groups. The club also revealed that Matteo would wear jersey number 29.
Arsenal head coach, Unai Emery said: “We are delighted Matteo is joining us. He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, the Gunners secured the signature of Lucas Torreira with a reported fee of £22 million.
Lucas Torreira Joined Arsenal FC from Italian side Sampdoria after he impressed for Uruguay at the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup. The 22-year-old midfielder will wear the No. 11 shirt at the club.
“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” new Gunners boss Unai Emery told the club’s official website.
“A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing.
“We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”
Arsenal has been busy this transfer window, with the arrival of Lucas and Matteo taking the clubs’ signings to five, after securing the signatures of goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, centre-back, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and right-back, Stephan Lichtsteine.
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