Arsenal announce Matteo Guendouzi departure, with midfielder joining French club permanently

Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal have announced the departure of Matteo Guendouzi, as the central midfielder has left for French club Marseille.

Guendouzi joined Arsenal from Lorient in summer 2018. He went on to make 82 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, registering just one goal and five assists.

The 23-year-old had a loan spell at Hertha Berlin in the 2020-21 campaign. This came after a couple of arguments with manager Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi is a very passionate player and this can benefit him when on the pitch. However, it also means he is fiery and prone to falling out with team-mates or opposition players.

Guendouzi, a full France international, left Arsenal last summer by joining Marseille on a season-long loan. And the north London outfit have now revealed that move will be made permanent, ending Guendouzi’s four-year association with the club.

Arsenal posted a classy parting message to Guendouzi on their website. It read: ‘Everyone at Arsenal thanks Matteo for his contribution during his time with us and wish him all the best in this next chapter of his career.’

Arsenal state the move is subject to the completion of ‘regulatory processes’, although these are highly unlikely to pose a problem.

Arsenal make small profit on Matteo Guendouzi

According to Goal, the transfer is worth just over £9million. This means Arsenal have made a small profit, after signing Guendouzi for around £8m originally.

The exit is not a significant one for Arteta. The coach can rely on Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga to operate in central midfield.

Meanwhile, Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes has been speaking about Arsenal new boy Fabio Vieira, his Portuguese compatriot.