How karate shaped Guendouzi's 'warrior mentality'

Matteo Guendouzi has become a firm fan favourite for his passion and never-say-die spirit on the pitch.

But what is behind it? The France international’s father is a Karate instructor - and the 20-year-old believes he has benefitted from the martial art.

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"I think it really helped me in terms of my mentality, being a fighter on the pitch, and always wanting to win and get stuck into duels in a bid to really help the team," Guendouzi told Arsenal Player.

"Karate has helped me a lot in that regard. When I was young, I came third in a karate competition in France, which was great, but it was difficult to combine football and karate.

"I certainly have very fond memories from doing karate. In terms of flexibility. I'd say I'm more flexible on the pitch which is a great help.

"As for my fitness, karate is very intense, so I think that's why I'm able to make such a big effort and have that warrior-like mentality."

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