Recall that the Frenchman attacked Brighton’s Neal Maupay by holding him by the neck over an injury Arsenal’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno sustained in a duel with Maupay. At the end of the match, it was expected that the English FA will take disciplinary action but that was not to be.
However, prior to Arsenal’s third game since the return of the Premier League, Mattéo Guendouzi was made to face a disciplinary panel at the club over the misconduct. During the meeting, Guendouzi reportedly admitted that he would not mind leaving the club for another club.
His argument for stating this is that it was getting obvious that he is not in the good books of Mikel Arteta because before the former Manchester City assistant coach took over from Unai Emery, Guendouzi was enjoying a good playing time. But since the Spanish tactician took over, the 21-year-old midfielder has started only 4 games in 12 matches which is contrary to when he started the first 13 matches in the 2019-2020 season under Emery.
Though his contract will expire in 2022, Guendouzi has attracted interests from top European clubs like Paris Saint Germain, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and a host of others. However, as at the last check, there was nothing concrete from those suitors.
According to reports, as Guendouzi is willing to leave the London club, Arsenal is also willing to allow him to join any club that is able to pay the some of €40 million for his signature. The club’s asking price could be a great obstacle in his drive to leave the club.
In the same vein, Mikel Arteta has proven that all is not really well between him and Guendouzi as he completely left him out of the squad that won against Southampton on Thursday. Arsenal won 0-2 to mark their first win in three matches without the French international on the field nor on the bench.
When asked to explain the situation of Guendouzi at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta said: “Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately.
“The needs of the team and football club are always the same, but the best players on the football pitch that are 100 per cent focused to win the game.”