Matteo Guendouzi’s latest antics show Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made right decision

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Matteo Guendouzi’s omission from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal plans was a key talking point at the time in north London, such were the Frenchman’s talents. Having joined from Lorient in 2018 as a 19-year-old, Guendouzi quickly established himself as one of the best young prospects at the club under the guidance of Unai Emery.

However, despite his prowess, Guendouzi was excluded from training and left out of match day squads due to his attitude and general conduct.

The decision was made after a clash with Neal Maupay after a controversial 2-1 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion in June 2020.

Shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin in October of that year – despite making 82 appearances in his first two seasons at Arsenal – there were question marks over the temporary move.

But after a bust-up at new loan club Marseille over the weekend, it appears Arteta was right to exile the problematic Frenchman from his plans.

The hot-headed youngster confronted his new team-mate Gerson at the weekend in Les Olympiens 3-2 defeat to high-flying RC Lens.

The Arsenal loanee reportedly asked his team-mate ‘when are you going to start running’ – which ultimately has angered other Marseille players.

And as French journalist Romain Canuti reports, they are growing sick of Guendouzi.

“There’s isn’t just Gerson who is fed up with Guendouzi,” he said.

“That doesn’t matter, you don’t need to read too much into it, but there are a few players at Marseille who are struggling with Guendouzi.

“His way of working, when he always blames others for things, when he falls to his knees in training to implore God because a touch isn’t good enough, it grates.”

Guendouzi has previously gone on record slating Arteta for his refusal to even let him train.

And in an interview whilst at Hertha Berlin, Guendouzi stated that actually playing had reignited his confidence.

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“I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers me,” he told Telefoot.

“It really is a choice I made. In the space of two seasons I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal.

“When you play less, you start to think and it hurts.”

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