Unai Emery tried to bring this former Arsenal man to Aston Villa but failed

Unai Emery, Aston Villa (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Unai Emery, Aston Villa (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery tried to bring this French midfielder to his new club Aston Villa.

Since leaving Arsenal, Unai Emery has made quite a positive name for himself. Now managing Premier League side Aston Villa, he has got them playing the way fans have wanted for years. Having drawn against Manchester City and beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea so far this season, it’s clear to see why the Villa Park faithful have his back.

However, despite his clear passion to manage Aston Villa, it’s clear that Emery hasn’t forgotten where he came from. According to a report from the Daily Mail, Unai Emery tried to sign Matteo Guendouzi from Marseille, however, they’ve recently had a bid rejected.

I imagine Emery will go in with a fresh bid. He is not the type to give up on what he wants easily and he’s clearly a big advocate of Guendouzi. He routinely kept Guendouzi in the Arsenal starting XI, even when fans and critics cried for him not to. Guendouzi was an exceptional player at Arsenal but he struggled to stay disciplined when things didn’t go his way on the pitch.

Towards the end of his Arsenal career, it seemed like Emery was really starting to get the best out of Guendouzi but ultimately it wasn’t to be.

If, like me, you still hold a soft spot for both Guendouzi and Emery, then we could see the two working together in the Premier League again soon. Given Aston Villa’s upwards trajectory under Emery, Guendouzi will be very excited by the prospect of playing for the Midlands club.

Ageing at 23 now, Guendouzi has really kicked the temper out of himself. He now remains disciplined and is one of the most promising French midfielders out there.

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Could we see Matteo Guendouzi at Villa Park soon?