Arsenal: Martinelli pulls off cheeky nutmeg on Guendouzi
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Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi next summer. Midfielder Guendouzi has spent the last two seasons out on loan. Last term he was at Hertha Berlin and this year is at Marseille.
Guendouzi got on the wrong side of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on more than one occasion during the second half of the 2019/20 campaign.
The pair clashed on a mid-season trip to Dubai, before Guendouzi had an on-pitch altercation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay later that season.
That match turned out to be the Frenchman’s last game for the Gunners so far.
Marseille have an obligation to buy Guendouzi next summer if they avoid relegation.
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Jorge Sampaoli’s side are currently third in the table, so it looks as if Guendouzi will be moving on a permanent basis.
French outlet FootMercato claims Marseille will pay Arsenal around £9.4million for the player.
But the report also says Newcastle are interested in signing the 22-year-old.
Marseille would look to get a large profit on the sale if the Magpies came in, raising Guendouzi’s asking price.
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He has starred for Marseille so far this season and has again been named in the France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, though is yet to make his senior debut for Les Bleus.
Guendouzi made 82 appearances in his first two seasons at Arsenal after being signed by Unai Emery in 2018.
Emery was approached by Newcastle about becoming their new manager but confirmed this week that he will be staying at Villarreal.
Emery wrote in a statement on social media: “No matter how much noise there was yesterday in another country there was transparency and loyalty within Villarreal and the Roig family (owners) and their staff.
“That is maximum for me and that is most important for me. Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to stay here.
“I am honestly grateful to the interest from a great club, but I am even more grateful to be here and that is why I communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue being part of this project because of the commitment and respect that I perceive from the club and from my players, which is mutual and reciprocal.
“I want to thank the fans for the support they have always shown me.
“On Sunday we have a very important game and I hope that together we can achieve victory. See you at the Estadio de la Ceramica.”
Eddie Howe is now the favourite to be named the permanent successor to Steve Bruce.
The former Bournemouth boss has been out of work since the summer of 2020.
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