Matteo Guendouzi praised Unai Emery with a subtle jab at Mikel Arteta

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Matteo Guendouzi showered praises on his former coach Unai Emery to the extent it looked like he was throwing a subtle jab at the current coach of Arsenal Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi was a fast-rising midfielder at Arsenal when Unai Emery was the coach of the Premier League club. He was beginning to play a prominent role at the club before the Spanish coach was sacked in 2019 due to a poor run of games.

Matteo Guendouzi and coach Unai Emery during their days together at Arsenal.
File photo of Matteo Guendouzi and coach Unai Emery during their days together at Arsenal.

Days after Emery left Arsenal, the club announced that he has been replaced by Mikel Arteta, a former captain of the club who served as an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola before he returned to Arsenal.

The arrival of Arteta didn’t work out well for Matteo Guendouzi due to some disciplinary issues he displayed on and off the pitch. Unfortunately, Mikel Arteta could not bring the situation under control and had to allow him to join a Bundesliga club, Hertha BSC, on loan.

Before the 22-year-old French midfielder left Arsenal to join the German side on loan ahead of the 2020-2021 season, Mikel Arteta sidelined him throughout the last part of the 2019-2020 season.

It was so bad that Matteo Guendouzi did not play in the semi-final and the final of the FA Cup which Mikel Arteta and his team won that season.

Matteo Guendouzi and coach Mikel Arteta.
Matteo Guendouzi and coach Mikel Arteta.

The Frenchman who was unhappy with the way his disciplinary issues were handled at Arsenal, decided not to congratulate his team for winning the FA Cup.

But when his former coach, Unai Emery led Villarreal to beat Manchester United to win the Europa League title for the first time in the history of the Spanish club, Guendouzi took to virtually all social media platforms to congratulate the coach and the club.

His congratulatory message looked like a subtle jab at Mikel Arteta because Emery defeated Arsenal in the semi-final stage of the competition. And Guendouzi described Emery as a coach who can win trophies and that the Villarreal coach has an authentic human relationship skill.

He wrote: “What a journey! This Football… so smart and elegant!

“You made the dream of an entire city, of a club, a team, and of all the fans come true!

“You did it! You know how to win trophies! Hats off Monsieur Emery.

“You are so unique.

“I am honored and proud to have had the opportunity to evolve by your side. Words will never be strong enough to qualify your personality, your benevolence, and your authenticity in human relationships.

“All my congratulations coach
@UnaiEmery_ and bravo to @VillarrealCF”.

Matteo Guendouzi is expected to return to Arsenal ahead of the 2021-2022 season if Mikel Arteta does not decide to leave him out of the Arsenal squad.

With his congratulatory message to Unai Emery, the Frenchman might not want to return to Arsenal yet if he has the opportunity.