Former Lorient boss Mikael Landreau has said that Matteo Guendouzi was very difficult to manage, according to French media outlet Canal+ via the Daily Mail.
Landreau, who managed the 21 year old before his move to Arsenal, found Guendouzi to be a pain on a daily basis. He talked about how the Frenchman has a big ego and annoyed him on a regular basis.
Guendouzi was exiled in his last few months at Lorient due to his falling out with the management at the club. He came to Arsenal with a reputation for being a difficult player but his talent was evident. He had an outstanding debut season in North London and made 48 appearances in all competitions. He cemented his place in the first team under former head coach Unai Emery.
He played regularly under Mikel Arteta until he was left out of the team permanently due to his poor attitude and behaviour towards the end of last season. The Gunners were keen to move him on in the summer but were unable to find a club that was willing to buy the player on a permanent basis. At the end of the window, they secured a deal with Hertha Berlin that saw Guendouzi move to the German club on a season long loan.
The former Lorient midfielder has made two appearances for Hertha Berlin this season but is already becoming a fan favourite.
On Guendouzi, Landreau said:
“He annoyed me terribly, he is very complicated to manage. He sometimes has some behaviours within a group that are very, very hard, but somehow, that’s what he is: big. He doesn’t let go, he is a fighter. He has an oversized ego, but he certainly needs it.”
“I think he needs to be in the spotlight, to be a leader. He needs to be a captain or vice-captain, and he will try to make the most of it. Because that’s the way he is. And that means that his teammates have to accept him the way he is, because he’s a pain on a daily basis.”
“He’s a pain on a daily basis, but on the other hand, he’s talented.”
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