Arsenal finished with divisive star after Arteta makes drastic training call

Jonny Whitfield
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Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has trained on his own for the past two weeks under the orders of frustrated boss Mikel Arteta, according to a report.

Guendouzi’s future at Arsenal is uncertain after a series of controversial incidents since signing in 2018.

The latest indiscretion came against Brighton last month, when the Frenchman grabbed striker Neal Maupay’s throat.

Guendouzi avoided action from the FA, but The Athletic journalist David Ornstein claims Arsenal were not so lenient.

The journalist says Arteta told the midfielder to train alone with a fitness coach shortly after the 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls.

What’s more, the manager has not allowed Guendouzi to re-join his teammates since.

Arsenal took a dim view of the incident against Brighton, but the player’s actions since have not improved.

Indeed, Ornstein says Guendouzi “didn’t impress” in a disciplinary meeting with Arsenal’s technical director Edu shortly after that match.


As a result of Guendouzi’s mishaps, Ornstein adds that Arsenal are now keen to move the midfielder on. The Gunners are willing to agree a swap deal, or an outright sale.

What’s more, Arsenal have scheduled a meeting with the player’s representatives to discuss his future.


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However, the incident at Brighton is not an isolated one; back in February, Guendouzi got into a heated row with Arteta while on Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

The north London side had travelled to the Middle East during the Premier League’s winter break.

However, the focus of the trip soon turned to the argument, which happened as a result of the no-nonsense approach to discipline and work rate Arteta has instilled since he replaced Unai Emery in the dugout.

Reports claimed that Arteta is “not afraid to be blunt” if he feels his players are not following instructions properly. And that perspective is one to which players have reacted differently.

On the pitch, Arsenal have won their past four matches in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets.

The Gunners face Leicester at The Emirates on Tuesday evening.