I didn’t have the best relationship with Arteta …Guendouzi lifts lid on Arsenal exit

Guendouzi with manager Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

Matteo Guendouzi has lifted the lid on his relationship with Mikel Arteta and revealed the real reason behind his Arsenal departure.The midfielder made a permanent move to Marseille in the summer after loan spells at the Ligue 1 club and Bundesliga side Hertha.

The 23-year-old was banished from the Arsenal squad by Arteta in June 2020 following his infamous spat with Brighton‘s Neal Maupay.

‘Journalists used this excuse to say that we had a bad relationship and that’s why I stopped playing and left Arsenal [the Maupay incident],’ Guendouzi told BeIN Sports.

‘Not at all. It’s a gesture like many on the pitch. There’s a lot of tension sometimes, a lot of problems on the pitch. In any case, it has nothing to do with all that.’

Addressing his time under Arteta, the ex-Gunner added: ‘It’s true that I didn’t have the best relationship with him. Beyond that, I always tried to work, always gave the maximum of myself in training and in matches. I still play a few matches with him, I still did great performances.

‘He preferred other players and I respect that decision. That’s why, afterwards, I also decided to leave because I was still young, I needed playing time to continue to progress. The most important when you’re young is to play.’

Much was expected of the Frenchman in England, following his £8million move to the Gunners in 2018.



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