'I’ve wanted to join since I was a child'

French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi became our fifth signing of a busy summer when he joined the club from Lorient on Wednesday.


The 19-year-old spoke to Arsenal Media about his "immense pride" at becoming a Gunner, and you can watch the video above.

Here is a transcript of what he said:

Matteo, congratulations. How does it feel to join Arsenal?

It’s something I’m immensely proud of. Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child.  It gives me great pride – it’s incredible.  I hope I can do great things here.  It doesn’t get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history, like Arsenal. I’m hugely proud.

Finally, what are you hoping to achieve during your time here?

My hope is to become a top player here at Arsenal. A lot of great players have played here. I want to become part of the club’s history and to achieve great things here. I want to win titles, titles, titles. I want to establish myself here, which would be amazing. Winning silverware, as I said, is very important to me and winning things here at Arsenal would be incredible. 

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