Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta made the decision to exclude Guendouzi from training sessions with the rest of the team and instructed him to train on his own with a fitness coach after facing issues with his attitude and behaviour.
Guendouzi was involved in a verbal altercation with Neil Maupay during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton over a fortnight ago. He grabbed the Brighton striker’s throat in the closing stages of the game but escaped punishment from the FA.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar held a disciplinary meeting with Guendouzi after the game and were less than impressed with the conversation that ensued. Arteta’s decision to make the former Lorient midfielder train on his own is not solely based on the fallout from the player’s recent behaviour. It is believed that this is the latest in a series of indiscretions committed by Guendouzi during Arteta’s time at the club.
Earlier in the season, the player was left out of a matchday squad ahead of a game against Newcastle due to what was understood to be disciplinary issues that Arteta faced from him during the first team’s training camp in Dubai. The 21 year old worked his way back into the Arsenal team but it is looking increasingly unlikely that this will happen again.
It is believed that Arteta is extremely disappointed that Guendouzi has shown no initiative to apologise or mend his ways.
Guendouzi had a similar issue at his former club Lorient where a disagreement with his manager saw him left out of the team for over three months. Arsenal were aware of the player’s chequered past when they signed him but believed any problems with his attitude could be corrected with careful coaching.
There is certainly an admiration for the young Frenchman’s talent and potential but some at the club feel he has been given enough chances to eliminate his behavioural problems. The Gunners now look very likely to offload the troublesome midfielder in the summer. They are exploring the possibility of offering him to other clubs in swap deals for players they want to sign. If they were to receive a suitable cash offer, they would accept it and move the player on.
Arteta has made it clear that if a player is not willing to fully commit to the club and get on board with what he calls ‘non-negotiables’, there will be no place for that player at Arsenal. It looks like Guendouzi is set to be one of the early casualties and he has only himself to blame.
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