On-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has this weekend provided an insight into his summer departure from the Emirates.
French youth international Guendouzi left north London ahead of the transfer deadline last month, making the move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin for the 2020/21 campaign.
The 21-year-old’s exit of course came with Guendouzi having slipped majorly down the pecking order at the Emirates over the final months of last season.
He was accused of taunting several Brighton stars over finances during a defeat at the Amex back in June, and had since failed to garner a single appearance.
As such, with Mikel Arteta having made abundantly clear that he is not afraid to completely freeze out members of his Arsenal squad (just ask Mesut Ozil), Guendouzi’s eventual exit did not come as much of a surprise.
‘Needed to have fun’
Following a difficult start to life in the German capital which saw him quickly pick up Covid-19 on the back of his arrival, meanwhile, Guendouzi has since gone on to establish himself at the base of Hertha’s midfield over recent weeks.
The youngster has featured in the club’s last 3 league outings, playing all 90 minutes versus both Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund.
And it is exactly these type of opportunities which, based on his latest comments, were behind Guendouzi’s decision to swap the Emirates for the Olympiastadion.
Speaking during an in-depth interview with Telefoot this weekend, Arsenal’s on-loan midfielder was drawn on a host of topics, including the motivation behind his decision to depart north London.
And Guendouzi went on to explain:
‘I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers me. 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.’
Arrivé cet été au Herta Berlin, Mattéo Guendouzi est revenu pour la première fois sur les raisons de ce choix, mais également sur son rôle avec les Espoirs, et ses ambitions avec les A, au micro de @JulienMaynard https://t.co/0VBlhhUKWv
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) November 22, 2020
Interestingly, the aforementioned comments come just days after one of Guendouzi’s former managers admitted that he did not at all enjoy overseeing the 21-year-old’s early career development.
Speaking this week, Mickael Landreau, who took charge of the 21-year-old during his time at Lorient, confirmed that Guendouzi was nothing short of ‘a pain on a daily basis’:
Matteo Guendouzi is talented but ‘a pain on a daily basis’, according to one of his former managers 😬 pic.twitter.com/V4Z7W9xfUc
— Goal (@goal) November 18, 2020
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On-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has this weekend provided an insight into his summer departure from the Emirates. Bundesliga switch French youth international Guendouzi left north London ahead of the transfer deadline last month, making the move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin for the 2020/21 campaign. The 21-year-old’s exit of course came with Guendouzi havingFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed