Arsenal’s start to the season hasn’t exactly been fruitful in terms of our points tally.
Pitting us against the last two winners of the Premier League was always going to impact upon Unai Emery’s start to his first season as Arsenal boss and so it has proved - zero points from a possible six.
This was to be expected with such wholesale changes running through the club, but there are positives to grasp from our first two games - albeit matches we have failed to win.
There has arguably, been none brighter than 19 year old Frenchman, Matteo Guendouzi.
One of five summer recruits, his arrival seemed to be one earmarked for the future, but his immediate impact has been felt through pre-season and our games versus City and Chelsea.
The mass-haired midfielder has accrued the most interceptions, tackles, fouls won and touches out of all of our squad who have played.
These numbers aren’t mere coincidence. To have amassed the most touches especially, speaks of how he has prowled the centre of the park, hungry for possession. His displays bely his tender years, and it is difficult not to get too carried away.
For a teenager to come straight into the side and boss his colleagues and show them how it's done - all far more illustrious names - is a significant sign. Teenagers don’t do this unless they’ve got the fibre, the real stuff. It isn’t just a flash in the pan. There was another who started young and their rise continued to be meteoric - Cesc Fabregas.
There are a lot of ifs and buts in the way of course, but Guendouzi has shown that the biggest stages don’t faze him. An admirable - and desirable trait.
Guendouzi has been an influence in front of our backline, snapping away at the opposition, and he has also carried the ball forward and showed flashes of brilliance - his pass for Bellerin who set up Aubameyang for his glaring miss against Chelsea was an acute pass that not many would be capable of.
Still, he is a gem in the rough still. All these numbers and showings are glints in the sun, but he still needs to be polished. Emery can refine what Guendouzi currently has and hew him into a complete midfielder - injuries permitting.
Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey are the name that have been benched thus far - Torreira for lack of fitness rather than form to be fair, but Guendouzi has slotted in both games ahead of them all.
If he continues to improve and show the same work ethic, the world is his oyster, and we get to see him blossom in front of us.