Matteo Guendouzi says that his time at Arsenal was “intense” in a good way, but thinks joining Hertha Berlin was the right decision.
Guendouzi spent two seasons at Arsenal after joining them in 2018. However, he fell out of favour towards the end of that spell – not featuring again after an incident in which he clashed with Neal Maupay in a game against Brighton.
The midfielder has since moved to Germany, where he has joined Hertha Berlin on loan. He had plenty of other offers before coming to that decision, though – and has now shed more light on why he chose to move where he did.
“I had other options, but I thought about it for a long time and very carefully,” he told Kicker.
“It was an important and very good decision for me. Hertha is a very good team for me. I’m looking forward to my teammates and the games.
“The Bundesliga is something new for me. I want to win as many games as possible, develop myself further with the whole team and, above all, develop myself further.
“There are still many levels at which I want to improve. I am very motivated and now wants to help that positive results come.”
The 21-year-old has previously hinted that his Arsenal career is not necessarily over, but his focus will be fully on Hertha Berlin for the time being. His contract at his parent club expires in 2022.
Guendouzi satisfied with Arsenal stint
Guendouzi endured mixed fortunes during his two years at Arsenal, making a promising start to life in north London but eventually falling out of favour.
In total, he left the club having made 82 appearances – 57 of which were in the Premier League.
And the Frenchman insists he is happy with the progress he made at the Emirates Stadium – while also revealing two teammates who helped him choose the Bundesliga as his next destination.
“I played over 80 games there and had a good, intense time there,” he said.
“I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.
“I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Özil, and Bernd Leno, both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.”