Matteo Guendouzi has been training on his own for the last two weeks on the orders of Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta. The reasons for his exclusion from training and matchday squads have been revealed by France Football via Get French Football News.
The Frenchman fell out of favour with Arteta in the aftermath of his clash with Neil Maupay at the end of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium. The incident itself is not thought to have been Arteta’s main problem with the player. Arsenal held an internal meeting with Guendouzi after the Brighton episode. Raul Sanllehi, Edu Gaspar, Mikel Arteta and Huss Fahmy were all present at this meeting.
The meeting was not solely focussed on what had happened at the Amex. The Arsenal hierarchy addressed many of Guendouzi’s recent indiscretions at the club like being late to training and his altercation with Arteta and general behaviour in Dubai which is where his problems with the Arsenal boss first began.
During the winter break, Arsenal’s first team squad spent some time in Dubai. It is believed that the Frenchman had a bust up with Sokratis in a training session during this time. On returning to the team hotel, Arteta and Guendouzi raised their voices with each other while addressing his issue with Sokratis. Guendouzi is said to have been incensed by the fact that the Arsenal boss was taking Sokratis’ side.
Guendouzi was left out of the Arsenal squad in their first game back from Dubai against Newcastle. Responding to this, Arteta said he wanted to see a better attitude from the player. Guendouzi managed to work his way back into the manager’s team and plans but it doesn’t look like that will happen this time.
In the recent meeting with Guendouzi, the hierarchy asked Guendouzi to show more self control and apologise for his behaviour. The player did not apologise and rationalised his actions by saying he was trying to protect his teammates after Bernd Leno’s injury. Arsenal found his explanation to be unsatisfactory and Arteta is believed to be frustrated at the player’s inability to take accountability for his actions and apologise.
Senior members of the first team like David Luiz have attempted to step in and provide counsel to the player. Luiz asked Guendouzi to show more professionalism but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
A meeting between the player’s representatives and the club is scheduled for the end of the season to determine his future. Unless Guendouzi apologises and improves his behaviour, It looks very unlikely that he will be an Arsenal player come the start of next season. The Gunners will not formally place him on the transfer list but will listen to any offers they receive for him including loans and swap deals.