Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi remains in Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans despite reports of a row between the pair last week.
Guendouzi has become one of the Gunners’ most trusted players in recent seasons and featured in 21 of his side’s 25 Premier League games before the clash against Newcastle last week, appearing on the bench for the other four.
However, the Frenchman was dropped by Arsenal boss Arteta against the Geordies with the Gunners boss explaining the move as “tactical” as he instead went with Dani Ceballos in midfield, following his return from a long-term injury.
According to The Telegraph, Guendouzi’s absence was the result of a bust-up between himself and Arteta during Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
Now though The Athletic explain there were two incidents which led to Guendouzi being axed.
Apparently Guendouzi’s omission for the Newcastle clash was due to a fracas with a team-mate during the Gunners’ winter break in Dubai in which Arteta had to intervene.
The 20-year-old was then reprimanded by Arsenal technical director Edu for allegedly removing his shirt and waving it at an external event in support of a local music act.
However, Guendouzi’s attitude since then has impressed the Arsenal hierarchy and Arteta is understood to be a fan of the France midfielder and wants him to be part of Arsenal’s future.
Guendouzi returned to anchor the midfield against Olympiacos in midweek and replaced Mesut Ozil with eight minutes remaining in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Everton.
“What I can tell you is I am really proud to manage this football club at the moment and really happy with how everyone is reacting around the club,” he said.
“The players – the passion and energy they are showing every day and the same with the staff and everybody who works here.
“We have a lot of things to improve and it feels like it was eight months ago but it was not that far away.”