Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas has hailed Matteo Guendouzi after the Gunners held Manchester United in Monday’s Premier League match at Old Trafford.
Guendouzi has been hailed by another club legend, former Gunners striker Ian Wright, as a potential captain for Unai Emery’s side.
Fabregas took to social media to sing Guendouzi’s praises after Arsenal drew 1-1 with old rivals United.
He wrote on Twitter : “Gotta love Guendouzi. Can play good or not so good but always shows up in difficult moments at such a young age. Big future ahead of him at @Arsenal.”
Some fans agreed, with one saying: “100%. He’s so positive. Always looks for the forward pass.”
Another replied to Fabregas, saying: “He reminds me of you.”
However, another Twitter user called Guendouzi a “poser” who “flatters to deceive”.
Wright said the honour should have been given to someone ‘leading by example’ like Guendouzi or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“I know they’ve chosen the captain but Xhaka should not be captain in front of this guy [Guendouzi] or Aubameyang, for me,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“Guendouzi is leading by example for a 20-year-old. We know Tony Adams was a captain at 20, maybe Unai’s not strong enough to give somebody like Matteo Guendouzi [the captaincy].
“When you look at him here and what he’s doing, that is taking the game by the scruff of the neck and driving Arsenal forward, and he’s not been made captain or vice-captain. It’s crazy, for me.”