Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell is of the view that Matteo Guendouzi won’t be wearing the club’s shirt again.
According to the former Everton striker, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has decided to shut him out alongside Mesut Ozil, having being declared surplus to requirement.
Arsenal loaned out Guendouzi to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan. It was gathered that he has been warned that there is no future for him at the Emirates.
While describing Arteta’s decision as ruthless, Campbell believes Guendouzi and Ozil failed to toe the line under the Spaniard.
The Frenchman was a regular starter under Arteta until he was dismissed for a petulant bust-up following the defeat to Brighton at the back end of last season.
Following the burst-up against Neal Maupay the Arsenal boss completely ostracised him from the squad, failing to even give him a minutes of action.– not making another appearance.
Campbell feels The future of Guendouzi at Arsenal is in the air
Having been a regular starter under Unai Emery who paid 7m Pounds to get him from a then French division two team, Lorient, and later a starter under Arteta, he was linked with a transfer for much of the summer window, before completing a season-long loan deal to Hertha Berlin
Since he has been frozen out of the squad, Guendouzi’s future at the club is still in the air.
Campbell believes his bridges have been burned in north London and he will not play for the club again.
“I do not think he will play for Arsenal again. He doesn’t have a future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta put him in detention after the Brighton game last season, that is what it was – detention.
“A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can toe the line, take your punishment, keep your trap shut and get working. Guendouzi could not do it.
“He was given a clean slate at the start of the season, like Mezut Ozil, but they did not toe the line. Arteta is strong enough to exclude players he cannot trust. When a manager cannot trust you he is not going to back you,” he told Football Insider.
While stating that it was good that the Frenchman eventually went out on loan unlike Ozil, who refused to be transferred, Cambell said having ill-disciplined players like that in and around the club is not the good thing for the squad.
Guendouzi looking forward to a new challenge
Knowing that his future at Arsenal looks shaky, Gendouzi had said last month that he just want to play and look for a new challenge.
“It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge.
“That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.
“I know that by going to Hertha Berlin, I’ll be able to really express myself in a great league, so everything is perfect.
“They’re a very good German club, with great ambition, so I’ve gone on loan for a year over there. I’m going to give everything for this club. I needed game time, to enjoy myself on the pitch and that’s what I’m going to do this year.”
Now that he is playing regularly for Hertha with just two games played so far, it is hoped that the Frenchman keep his head up this time around and send a direct message of apology to the coach and the fans.