Matteo Guendouzi decides to transfer Arsenal after clashes with Mikel Arteta


Matteo Guendouzi wants to leave Arsenal – because he feels he doesn’t have the confidence of manager Mikel Arteta. Arteta dropped the French midfielder for the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Southampton on Thursday, citing “team management problems” – and the Arsenal boss is now ready to sell him.

Guendouzi didn’t even reach St Mary’s bench after catching Brighton forward Neal Maupay around the throat in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Amex Stadium last Saturday.

Arteta and the Gunners’ Council were also exasperated after Guendouzi was taunted by Brighton players over his £ 40,000 a week salary.

The French under-21 star has escaped all FA action for his antics – but Guendouzi faced an internal disciplinary hearing this week during which it is understood that he told club leaders that he wanted to leave the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta declined to say if Matteo Guendouzi will still be in the Emirates next season

Sources close to the 21-year-old said he did not think he had Arteta’s confidence, having started only four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League games under the responsibility of the Spaniard.

He is believed to fear that his chances of playing for France in the European Championship final next summer will be jeopardized if he does not have more playing time.

He still has two years on his contract, but following the latest developments, Arteta is ready to let him go, club leaders wanting around £ 36m signed for £ 7m two years ago. years.

The player’s attitude has already been questioned by Arsenal bosses – notably during a mid-season trip to Dubai in February.

Arteta declined to say whether Guendouzi would still be at Arsenal next season, asked about it before the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday at Sheffield United.

“Whatever internal problems we have, we will deal with them privately and I will never make this public,” Arteta said in quotes quoted by the Guardian.

“All the players who are here, I count on them,” he said. “If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome and that is always my state of mind.

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“I am here to help each of them improve individually and collectively. It’s my job. ”

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