Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has said he only wants committed players at the club following reports that French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi wants to leave the Gunners.
The 21-year-old has been a regular performer for the club since his arrival from Lorient but has seen his game time slip since Arteta’s arrival – starting just four out of a possible 13 Premier League games.
Earlier today, it was revealed by L’Equipe (via GFFN) that the midfielder had told the club of his desire to leave during an internal discipline meeting and felt that he didn’t have full support from Arteta.
The report claims that Arsenal would not stand in Guendouzi’s way if a suitable offer was made for the midfielder once the transfer window opens.
Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s quarter-final clash versus Sheffield United, the Gunners boss didn’t offer any assurance over the 21-year-old’s situation
“All the players that are here, I am counting on them,” the Spaniard said. “If they want on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset. I am here to help all of them, to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.”
When quizzed about the apparent meeting that took place, Arteta said: “Whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public.”
Arsenal return to action on Sunday when they travel to Sheffield to face Sheffield United in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. The fixture will kick off at 1pm.