Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi replaces injured Paul Pogba in France squad


Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi has received his first France call-up (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has replaced Paul Pogba in France’s squad for their Euro 2020 qualifying clashes against Albania and Andorra.

Guendouzi, 20, has had an impressive start to the season, starting all four of Arsenal’s matches in the Premier League, and produced an outstanding performance in the side’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The youngster has nine caps for France’s Under-21s but has never been called up to the senior side.

Though Pogba played 90 minutes of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, he has been forced to withdraw from Didier Deschamps’ squad with an ankle injury.

Pogba was seen limping after the final whistle at St Mary’s and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the World Cup-winner returns to full fitness after the international break.

On Monday morning, Pogba had scans on his problem ankle, but the severity of the injury remains unclear.

The world champions play host to Albania at the Stade de France on Saturday and return to face Andorra the following Tuesday.

Pogba was struggling after United’s draw on the south coast (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery heaped praise on Guendouzi after his impressive display in the north London derby.

‘He’s very young but he’s progressing,’ the Spaniard said.

‘He gives us a lot of control and also the combinations for us mean he’s very important in the team. He’s one of the key players to do that.

‘He’s working to get a balance defensively and also working on his body to get stronger in the situations needed in the Premier League.

‘Today was one step more but he’s very demanding of himself and we’re progressing with him.’

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