Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin, but the Bundesliga club have made it clear that they have no plans to sign the player permanently this summer, and speculation is mounting on what the future holds for the 21-year-old. -old.
The Frenchman was banned by Mikel Arteta over concerns over his attitude, and if recent information relates, Arsenal are looking to take advantage of the former Lorient man.
Signed in a deal worth £ 7million, the midfielder showed a lot of promise in his Emirates Stadium debut under Unai Emery. But the arrival of Arteta saw things change dramatically for the player. Guendouzi is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, but sometimes that passion has bordered on petulance and indiscipline – something Arsenalthe current boss was not ready to represent him.
This infamous loss to Brighton after last season’s reboot in which Guendouzi clashed with Neal Maupay was the last straw and he hasn’t represented the Gunners since. Recently he has been described as “rebellious” and going through “football puberty” by Hertha head coach Pal Dardai – and Arsenal would be better off without him moving forward.
Attitude aside, his contract is set to expire in June 2022 – any sale on the value he currently has will almost disappear if he stays and does not accept a new deal.
According to reports, Arsenal have set a price of £ 25million for Guendouzi and even if they were to harvest half of that in the summer market, they would still be able to make a big profit on the Frenchman.
At times he has proven to be a very capable midfielder and whatever your opinion of his attitude, it is impossible to deny that he possesses some of the attributes necessary to pursue and have a great career. However, Guendouzi illustrates that talent is not always everything.
We can safely assume that the relationship between the former Paris Saint-Germain youth product and Arteta is complex. It feels like too much has happened for the player to come back and be offered another chance to compete for a place on the squad.
As such, a transfer away would be the best thing for all parties. Arsenal could raise much-needed transfer funds, and Guendouzi can focus on making a fresh start elsewhere as he seeks to realize the potential he clearly has.