Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has commended Warren Zaire-Emery after the 17-year-old midfielder became one of the youngest players to be called up to the France national team.
France manager Didier Deschamps included Zaire-Emery in the Les Bleus squad for the current international break, only a month after the teenager was appointed captain of the nation’s Under-21 side. The young midfielder has started 10 out of 11 Ligue 1 fixtures this season.
In an interview with Le Parisien, the former Arsenal boss compared Zaire-Emery to Mbappe: “We’re speaking of a boy gifted with super talent. He has blossomed exceptionally early. That’s why he’s been called up by Didier. When, at 17, your manager at club level chooses you as one of the first names on the team sheet, that implies that you exude something that is unstoppable. To some extent, he makes me think of Kylian Mbappé in the sense that people are already unanimous on him, at an age where, in general, everyone says: ‘he’s talented, yes, but let’s see’.”
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Wenger also admitted that he sees some of France’s best midfielders in Zaire-Emery: “He has a bit of Paul Pogba’s power, but some common qualities with N’Golo Kanté in his aptitude to win back the ball. Zaïre-Emery is a bit of a mix of the two, a combination of the two 2018 World Champions, with his ability to win the duels without committing fouls and then breaking forward and showing his great vision of the play… He has a bit of Patrick too. A box-to-box midfielder as the English say.”
Warren Zaire-Emery has become the youngest player to be called up to the Les Bleus setup since Maurice Gastiger in 1914. While Eduardo Camavinga holds the record as the youngest to ever appear for the team, making his debut at 17 years, nine months, and 29 days, Zaire-Emery has the opportunity to surpass that if he plays in either of Les Bleus’ fixtures this week.