Paul Robinson has ripped into the recent performances of Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi after admitting he is a big fan of the midfielder.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that the 20-year-old has impressed him with his displays early in the season but that his standards have dropped significantly over the last couple of weeks.
The Frenchman has played 15 times for the Gunners already this campaign, including starting every single one of his club’s 11 Premier League fixtures.
Robinson says that after a bright start to the season, the young starlet has not lived up to expectations of late and that Arsenal are suffering as a result.
Robinson told Football Insider: “Defensively they’re not good enough. They’ve brought David Luiz in who isn’t the answer.
“The two holding midfielders, Guendouzi who I like, I actually really like him as a player, he’s all over the place at the moment, he’s not making tackles, he’s not covering the ground.
“Defensively, they’re porous, they’re conceding goals.”
Guendouzi emerged as a first-team regular for Unai Emery last season, playing a total of 48 times across all competitions, netting his one and only goal for Arsenal in a 3-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.
Wednesday afternoon say him come on as a substitute in the club’s 1-1 draw against Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes away from home, Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos preferred in the middle of the park by the manager.