Matteo Guendouzi has impressed Emmaunel Petit since joining Arsenal but believes the young Frenchman will be cautious of his career following the same path as team-mate Mesut Ozil.
Petit praised the energy and desire shown by the 19-year-old following his arrival from Lorient – an attitude he views as a stark contrast to Ozil’s outlook.
The Germany international has underwhelmed this season under Unai Emery and has only featured twice in an Arsenal shirt since Boxing Day.
Petit believes that, despite a distinguished World Cup-winning career, Ozil has lost the fire in his belly and continues to meander through games as his professional life begins to peter out.
And the France 1998 world champion has a strong suspicion that Guendouzi will be using his colleague as a cautionary tale and be thinking ‘I don’t want to be like him at the end of my career’.
‘Matteo reminds me of the days back at the start of my career,’ Petit told football.london. ‘The energy on the pitch the desire, the anger. He wants to show to everyone that he is worth it.
‘I make a comparison with Mesut Ozil. When I finished my career with Chelsea because of the big injury sometimes I was missing motivation, but because of injury. At the end, when you are always injured, it kills your mind because the pain is always there and you can’t perform like you used to.
‘I’m sure Guendouzi has huge respect for Ozil and what he did in his career, he’s a world champion.
‘But I’m pretty sure that somewhere in his mind he is thinking I don’t want to be like him at the end of my career, when you are not angry anymore, when you don’t want to eat food anymore and you are not starving anymore.
‘I hope Guendouzi keeps this motivation and this commitment until the end of his career. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be difficult, but he is so very important for Arsenal’s squad in terms of spirit. Lucas Torreira as well, those players are so important.’