Matteo Guendouzi caused uproar in the match against Brighton And Holve Albion as he had confrontations with Neal Maupay after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton, and he hasn’t been chosen to be in the Arsenal squad lately.
His lack of indiscipline has reportedly put his gaffer Mikel Arteta off and this is not the first time his attitude as made Mikel Arteta annoyed. Strong rumours are coming out of the club that he’s being put on sale, stating that the club are open to selling him and Guendouzi is also open to leaving the Emirates. Jamie Redknapp doesn’t see any big deal in what the French man did after the game.
He was actually lucky to escape a three game ban from the FA despite his violent act on the pitch while he grabbed Neal Maupay’s throat.
In the Daily Mail on Monday it was seen that Redknapp wrote,
“Matteo Guendouzi did not make the Arsenal squad again yesterday, but I refuse to hammer the 21-year-old for his trash talking against Brighton. He apparently brought up money with Neal Maupay.
“It’s crass, it’s unkind, but it happens. It’s happened since day dot in football and it will always happen. I’ve made comments, too. ‘Who are you? Turn around and show me your name because I’ve not got a clue who you are.’ It’s all said in the heat of the moment. A player says something he later regrets.
“So to slaughter Guendouzi for sledging, to borrow the cricket term, is unfair. He is not the first to do it, he won’t be the last. I’d rather focus on his performances. If you want to act like a big player, play like one. Let’s hope being dropped by Mikel Arteta comes as a reality check and he learns from it.”
Matteo has been involved in slot of clashes either vocally or with violent acts which makes it look like a routine for him, as it is beyond the incident with Maupay, and the incident with Maupay is likely to be the reason why Arteta has left him out of the matchday squad for two consecutive games as a punishment to put him in place to act in a sort of attitude,required from players at Arsenal.
You would be forced to think that was it the responsibility Unai Emery gave the French U21 as soon as he arrived North London has made him think that he’s an important piece in the team. Matteo was sent straight into the first team and also got a starting berth immediately.
In his first season as a pro before he arrived at the Emirates he had 1,621 minutes under his belt over 21 games for Lorient in the French ligue 2. In his debut season at Arsenal he was involved in 48 games, accruing close to times two of the number of minutes (3,040). Which included 33 Premier League games, 29 of which he started alongside with eight starts out of 11 in the Europa League, two out of three in the EFL Cup and one FA Cup game, again as a starter.
Overall that’s 40 starts from 48 matches. Since the arrival of Arteta he’s started just two games out of a possible 15. It’s obvious that the young lad has a lot of talent, but also lack of discipline that he’s exhibiting at the club and which isn’t allowed .