Mikel Arteta will never choose Matteo Guendouzi to play for Arsenal again, according to former Gunners forward Kevin Campbell.
GuendouziThe 21-year-old is on loan for a season with Hertha Berlin after losing favor with the Emirates. It’s all a long way from when he arrived in North London with much fanfare in the summer of 2018.
Then coach Unai Emery said of the young man: “He is a talented young player and many clubs were interested in him. He has great potential and he gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. “
The France Under-21 ace made an impact on the field with 82 appearances in all competitions. However, his attitude and behavior were questioned after a series of incidents.
Things came to a head in the summer when he was involved in a fight with Brighton. Neal Maupay. That was after the Seagulls inflicted a 2-1 loss to Arsenal on June 20.
There were other behavioral problems off the pitch and the youngster was forced to train outside the first team. It seemed inevitable that he was on his way and the slender midfielder joined Hertha on 5 October.
The hope was that he would learn the error of his ways and grow up while in Germany. But Campbell feels the damage has already been done and there is no turning back for the star.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, he said: “I don’t think I’ll play for Arsenal again. He has no future at Arsenal.
“Mikel Arteta put him in custody after the game against Brighton last season, that’s what it was: detention.”
The Gunners are still trying to find their identity after Arsene Wenger’s departure.
It was a Mixed bag this period, with four Premier League victories and as many defeats. However, the boss has sealed his authority on the team, and they know where they are.
“A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can follow the line, accept your punishment, keep the trap closed and get to work. Guendouzi couldn’t do it, ”Campbell added.
“They gave him a clean slate at the beginning of the season, like Mezut Ozil, but they didn’t follow the line. Arteta is strong enough to exclude players he cannot trust. When a manager can’t trust you, they won’t stand behind you. “
Guendouzi is valued at around £ 30 million and management expects him to shine in the Bundesliga to increase his value.
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