Club chief wowed by Arsenal loan star; hints at permanent summer raid

Date published: Tuesday 17th November 2020 7:55 - Samuel Bannister

Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi

The sporting director of Hertha Berlin says loanee Matteo Guendouzi has “enriched” the club, but “nobody can say” what Arsenal are planning for him.

Arsenal allowed Guendouzi to move to the Bundesliga on loan in the summer after he fell out of contention under Mikel Arteta.

The French midfield starlet had previously shown promise in his first season at the club under Unai Emery, but endured a more challenging second season.

His gametime dropped under Arteta, and he did not play again after a controversial incident in which he clashed with Brighton’s Neal Maupay towards the end of last season.

With Arteta seeing little room for him in his plans and focusing on bringing Thomas Partey to the club instead, Guendouzi was allowed to move on.


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There were a number of suitors for his loan signature. But it was Hertha who won the race, agreeing to take the 21-year-old to the Bundesliga for the season.

Guendouzi has only made one start in the German top flight so far. His chances of first team action came to a temporary halt when he tested positive for coronavirus.

However, his future will be under the microscope as the season progresses. There is no formal option to buy in his loan contract.

In fact, he has even claimed that he could have a future at the Emirates Stadium still. Others, though, feel he has run out of time to resurrect his Arsenal career.

 

Hertha to assess options in summer

Should things go well in Germany, a permanent stay at Hertha may be on the cards. And their sporting director Michael Preetz has hinted that they would be interested in exploring those options.

“Three months ago, Matteo’s loan signing wasn’t possible, but it was at the beginning of October,” Preetz told Kicker (via the Metro).

“We are happy that he is here and that he enriched our game from the start. We’ll see everything else next summer.

“How the prices will develop by then and what Arsenal are planning then, nobody can say today.”

Guendouzi remains under contract at Arsenal until 2022. He made 82 appearances for the club before being sent out on loan.

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