Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi has praised manager Unai Emery for giving him his breakthrough chance, according to the Express.
The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in a £7 million deal from Ligue 2 side Lorient during the summer and was expected to be on the fringe.
However, he has quickly established himself in the side, starting the games against Manchester City and Chelsea at the beginning of the season and making a total of nine appearances in all competitions so far.
During an interview with former Arsenal and Lorient striker Jeremie Aliadiere, Guendouzi hailed Emery for the confidence the Spaniard placed in him.
“He’s shown plenty of confidence in me since I arrived here,” Guendouzi said.
“Not any coach would throw a 19-year-old youngster into Premier League action, particularly at a club like Arsenal.
“I’m very grateful to him for that. He’s making me work hard and has already helped me improve considerably since I arrived.
“I could feel that even in the first few training sessions over my first few weeks and months.
“He’s a very good coach. That goes for his staff as well and they all work well together.
“We have everything in place to progress both individually and collectively.
“I’m very please to have Unai Emery as my coach. I’m convinced I’ll be able to make progress under him by working hard, which is the most important thing for me.
“We mustn’t forget that I’m still a young player and I still have plenty of hard work to do.
“I think I can make big progress under a coach like him. He’s a very good coach with very good staff.”