Matteo Guendouzi has been told he has played his last game for Arsenal and will be sold by the club this summer, according to a report.
The French midfielder moved to the Bundesliga side at the start of the season, having fallen out with Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi’s initial axing by Arteta raised a few eyebrows at the time. That’s after he’s established himself as a solid member of the side under previous boss Unai Emery.
Guendouzi was hoping to use his time in the Bundesliga to put himself back into Arteta’s thinking at Arsenal.
However, it seems his time as an Arsenal player is over with a report claiming Arteta is planning on life without the Frenchman.
As per Football Insider, Guendouzi is ‘not expected to play for Arsenal again as the club prepare to offload him for £25million this summer’.
A source has told the website that ‘Arteta has made it clear Guendouzi is not part of his plans for next season’ and that is ‘regardless of how he performs’ on loan this season.
The club have even knocked £5m off their asking price with it ‘slashed to £25m’. The worldwide economic downturn ‘could conceivably see that price tumble even further in the summer’.
The Frenchman will enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer. It’s claimed Arsenal though are ‘confident they will find a buyer’ and achieving their asking price for Guendouzi.
Guendouzi branded a ‘wild animal’
However, it seems Arteta isn’t the only one who has struggled to tame Guendouzi. Indeed, his boss at Hertha, Pal Dardai, has branded the on-loan Arsenal man something of a ‘wild animal’.
“It’s like puberty for him, he’s kind of a rebel,” Dardai told Bild. “He has to work and learn like an animal.”
Dardai is aware work needs to be done on the player’s game. Furthermore, doubt has been cast of Guendouzi’s transfer hopes after some less-than-appreciated antics in training.
“In training, I always stop these kind of duels because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And, afterwards, he’s mad,” Dardai added.
With a path back to Arsenal looking unlikely, Guendouzi admitted earlier this season that he was glad to get a fresh chance elsewhere.
“I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers me. It really is a choice I made,” the midfielder said.
“In the space of two seasons I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal.
“When you play less, you start to think and it hurts.”