How good is his passing? He's a DLP right? He's very good at short passing and long balls but is he able to consistently ping the ball about? How's his left foot and is he goof under pressured?
Won't be surprised if Matt Smith will eventually take over Guendouzi if Guendouzi doesn't start to grow up as a human being! Matt Smith is more on the same wavelength as Arteta!
With Arteta trying to go for more physical midfielders like Partey I think we could see Matt Smith debut as soon as early next season. He will need physical midfielders around him to protect him a bit to start with but he has also been adding some muscle!
Very technical, good passer, and a leader!
Passing is undisputedly his biggest strength, his short passing game is varied and strong. If there's a weak point in his game, it's that he can be pressured by very physical opponents. A very talented midfielder called Louie Sibley absolutely battered him when we faced Derby's academy last year. Physically dominated him. He's worked very hard to strengthen that area of his game and is less prone to giving up possession under physical pressure. That said, he tends to move the ball pretty quickly and usually is very good about creating enough space to receive and distribute.How good is his passing? He's a DLP right? He's very good at short passing and long balls but is he able to consistently ping the ball about? How's his left foot and is he goof under pressured?
Can't easily get rid of a player with that level of technical and athletic quality. He's versatile, quick and extremely comfortable technically. If anything, this could be an Iwobi-like rise of sorts given the unexpected nature of his promotion to first team duties.
Very strange story this. He`s from my hometown Tromso far north in Norway and I`ve actually played against him a feew times in the lower leagues and know him a little bit. He was on the books at Tromsø IL which is usually in the top division in Norway but left for Tromsdalen, currently at the third tier. He got only one game for their first team and mostly played for their second team in the fifth tier, which is an awful level. I play there myself at 36 without any problems. Left for Fram Larvik in the third tier and got some games there. Very quick, unpredictable and dangerous one against one but to end up at Arsenal at 19 with one game in the second tier in Norwegian football to show for is quite bizarre. Obviously though he must have impressed enough for the club to feel its worth a punt.