Arsenal do not want to sell Guendouzi this summer and reinforced their belief in him during an internal meeting between the club and the player after the Brighton defeat according to ESPN.
It was heavily reported in France recently that Guendouzi had indicated his intention to move on from the club and Arsenal were open to facilitating a transfer for the Frenchman if they received an offer of £36 million.
According to ESPN, in the internal discussions held by the club with Guendouzi due to his disciplinary issues in the Brighton game, the former Lorient midfielder told the club he was keen on more game time to boost his chances of being a part of the French national team for the European Championship scheduled to take place next summer.
In his pre-match press conference in the buildup to Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter final tie against Sheffield United, Arteta stressed that he is happy to work with anybody who is open to ‘jump on the boat’. He refused to deny that a meeting had taken place between Guendouzi and the club.
Guendouzi signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2018 from Lorient and has made remarkable progress during his time at the club. He was a regular under Unai Emery and made just under 50 appearances in all competitions for the North London club last season. After starting the first 13 Premier League games for Arsenal this season, the Frenchman has found game time much harder to come by under Arteta. He has started only four games in the Spaniard’s first thirteen Premier League games as head coach.
Arsenal will be hoping Guendouzi can sort out his attitude and help the club finish what has been a difficult season on a strong note.
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