A particular section of Arsenal fans were delighted with the performance of midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Frenchman has been the third-choice midfielder behind Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira in the pecking order under Arteta but he was handed with a starting spot on Monday night.
He made the most of the opportunity with a thoroughly impressive midfield display where he managed a 91 percent passing success rate and managed five take-ons, four tackles and won three aerial duels, as per whoscored.
Besides this, he was equally pleasing to the eye with his long-range distribution and he ended the Cup tie with nine of his 11 attempted long-balls successfully finding a teammate.
Guendouzi certainly produced his best performance under Arteta’s tutelage and this has pleased some of the Arsenal fans, who have taken to Twitter to express their views.
Guendouzi found himself as the lone midfielder in a few occasions whereby Granit Xhaka dropped into the central defensive role but that did not hamper his performance as he made a number of timely challenges.
The performance will definitely have enhanced his reputation with Arteta but he could still drop to the bench for the weekend’s league clash at Burnley with Lucas Torreira regarded as the regular choice to partner Xhaka for the top-flight duties.