Mikel Arteta losing patience with disruptive Arsenal star

Date published: Wednesday 24th June 2020 9:55 - Matthew Briggs

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Mikel Arteta “is open to offloading Matteo Guendouzi” this summer after the Arsenal midfielder controversially hit the headlines last weekend.

Guendouzi escaped action from the FA after he clashed with Brighton’s Neal Maupay in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat.

Maupay though accused his fellow countryman of lacking respect and said the Gunners star taunted Brighton’s players over their salaries.

Brighton’s matchwinner was very vocal after the game and told BT Sport: “Arsenal players need to learn humility, maybe sometimes.

“They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved.”

That has prompted Mikel Arteta to consider the future of the 21-year-old, who is under contract until 2022.

The Daily Mail claims “frustration is mounting” with Guendouzi and “Arteta’s patience is being tested” with a number of incidents on the player’s charge sheet.

 

 

 

Guendouzi was dropped by Arteta against Newcastle earlier in the season with the Gunners boss explaining the move as “tactical” as he instead went with Dani Ceballos in midfield.

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.

The Athletic then explained 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.

He 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.

The Mail also claim Arteta was unhappy with Guendouzi when he learned the youngster had been acting up while re-watching training footage after he had taken over from Unai Emery.

 

Tell to ‘wind his neck in’

Per the source, “some of his team-mates are also understood to have taken a dim view of some of his antics” and Arteta is mulling over the player’s future.

Former Arsenal striker Perry Groves told talkSPORT earlier this week that Guendouzi needs to think about his behaviour.

“I’ve heard a few things about Guendouzi’s attitude. You want your players to be confident and a bit arrogant on the pitch but he’s not good enough to go around giving people verbals,’ Groves said.

“If Maupay’s been getting it in the ear all game from Guendouzi and he then goes and scores the winner, he is right to say, “What have you got to say now?”

“Someone, whether it’s Arteta, the coaching staff or the senior players, needs to tell Guendouzi to wind his neck in.”

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