Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been proven right to let Matteo Guendouzi leave the Gunners – by the midfielder’s former manager. Guendouzi has not featured in an Arsenal match day squad since the 2-1 defeat to Brighton in June. The Frenchman was embroiled in a scrap with Seagulls striker Neal Maupay at the end of the match and enough was enough for Arteta.
Guendouzi had previously been in trouble with Arteta at the club’s mid-season training camp in Dubai in February.
The 21-year-old had become a favourite with Arsenal supporters since his arrival from French side Lorient in 2018.
He featured far more regularly under Unai Emery than expected, making 48 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the Emirates.
But Guendouzi has not seen eye to eye with Arteta and he was sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin for this season.
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He starred in France under-21s’ 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Monday.
And after the match, his former boss at Lorient Mickael Landreau explained how annoying Guendouzi was to manage and that he has an oversized ego.
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“He annoyed me terribly, he is very complicated to manage,” Landrau told Canal +.
“He sometimes has some behaviours within a group that are very, very hard.
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“But somehow, that’s what he is: big; he doesn’t let go, he is a fighter. He has an oversized ego, but he certainly needs it.”
Landrau believes giving Guendouzi the captaincy would go some way to helping him fulfil his potential.
He added: “It’s also what’s at stake in his career: how he will manage what he is in order to succeed, or not, in an exceptional career.
“I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it.
“Because that’s the way he is. And that means that his team-mates have to accept him the way he is, because he’s a pain on a daily basis.
“He’s very boring on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he’s talented.”
But characters like Guendouzi are something Arteta is trying to remove from his squad, so it remains to be seen if he has a future at Arsenal.
Arteta noted earlier this season how he likes players who do not have an ego.
“I like players who have zero ego, who want to contribute to the team whether it’s for one minute or 96 minutes and contribute all the time to our culture by giving positive feedback all the time,” Arteta said.
“That’s not just on the pitch, but also on the training ground when you are not selected. What can you bring to the group, how can you help and what are you contributing?”
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