Matteo Guendouzi hints Arsenal career is over after ‘intense time’ and ‘two good years’ at Emirates with midfielder still waiting for Hertha Berlin debut after loan move
- Matteo Guendouzi fell out of favour at Arsenal under manager Mikel Arteta
- He grabbed Neal Maupay by throat after Brighton game and did not play again
- Frenchman went out on loan to Hertha Berlin and may not return to London
Matteo Guendouzi has hinted that his time is up at Arsenal and the Frenchman appears resigned to a permanent move away from the club.
He joined Hertha Berlin on loan from the Gunners during the transfer window having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
And the language used by Guendouzi when speaking about his time at the Emirates seemed to suggest he considers that chapter of his young career over.
Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under 21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over
The 21-year-old told Kicker: ‘I played over 80 games there and had a good, intense time there.
‘I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.
‘I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil, and Bernd Leno, both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.’
Guendouzi is only on loan at Hertha for the season and still has two years remaining on his Arsenal contract.
The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners
Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neal Maupay
He has not yet made an appearance for his new side having contracted coronavirus during international duty with France Under 21s and suffered with fitness issues.
Having signed for Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 for £8million he made a bright start and established himself in the side but things started to unravel this year.
Arteta immediately dropped the midfielder from the squad after the Neal Maupay incident and he reportedly mocked the Brighton players about their wages in a 2-1 defeat.
Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup in August without the help of Guendouzi and later strengthened their midfield options with the deadline-day addition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
Arteta’s side are currently 11th in the table having won three and lost three of their opening six games with Manchester United up next.
Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club