On-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has spoken out over his time at the Emirates, subtly hinting that he may well have already played his final game for the club.
‘Needed to play’
French youth international Guendouzi departed north London ahead of the transfer deadline earlier this 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 a number of Brighton’s 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), the general assumption has since been that Guendouzi’s career in the English capital is likely all but over.
As such, it came as something of a surprise when, speaking just days after his Hertha switch was made official, the starlet himself hinted otherwise.
During an interview with French outlet Canal+, Guendouzi was asked directly whether reviving his career at the Emirates is out of the question.
And the midfielder went on to explain:
‘It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge.’
‘That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me. So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.’
Quotes via Goal.
‘It was two good years’
As outlined above, though, Guendouzi has since spoken out over his future once again this weekend.
And, on this occasion, the Frenchman, whether purposely or not, suggested that his Arsenal stint has already come to a definitive end.
During an interview with German outlet Kicker, Guendouzi was drawn on his time at the Emirates.
And, notably, the former Lorient youth went on to speak of Arsenal as being part of his past:
‘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.’
Quotes via the Independent
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