Matteo Guendouzi in solo training – His days at Arsenal are numbered

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) /

French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been training alone since Arsenal’s humbling defeat to Brighton. The player’s days at the Emirates are numbered.

On June 20, Mikel Arteta and his Gunners played their second game back on return to Premier League football. HIs side wanted to make amends for their humiliating 3-0 loss to Man City in their first game back. Or so they thought.

Arsenal was the better team on the day and should have gone home with all three points when Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring in the 68th minute of the game with a perfectly finessed shot. With 22 minutes left in the game, Arsenal worryingly let Brighton back into it, allowing them to ship in two goals during those final 22 minutes of the clash.

Neal Maupay scored the final and winning goal of the game and this is when it all started to go downhill for Guendouzi. The Athletic suggests Guendouzi put his foot in it after his post-match spat with Neal Maupay, writing he has been training solo since the incident.

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"Matteo Guendouzi has not trained with the Arsenal first team since their defeat at Brighton more than two weeks ago. The Athletic has learned that Mikel Arteta has instructed Guendouzi to train alone with a fitness coach, after encountering problems with the player’s attitude and general conduct.The Frenchman attracted headlines after his post-match spat with Brighton striker Neal Maupay. Although he escaped punishment from the FA, it has been a different matter internally."

Guendouzi meeting didn’t go well

They further report that a meeting was held between the player, the manager, and the technical director, Edu. Due to the process of the meeting and how badly it panned out, Matteo was instructed to train alone thereafter.

Although, with this being said, this is not the first time the 21-year-old has shown he has a bad attitude and is undisciplined. Apparently, the meeting with the player has been on the agenda for some time following a series of events displaying his poor approach.

"Arteta’s decision to exclude Guendouzi is understood to be based on more than just this incident, which is seen as the latest in a series of indiscretions. This is not the first time Guendouzi has been the subject of disciplinary action by Arteta. (Via: The Athletic)"

Arsenal better without him

Mikel Arteta and the system is not in need of Matteo Guendouzi. The Gunners are on route to changing their ways and abolishing bad attitudes in North London forms part of this change. Since the unnecessary defeat to the Seagulls, they’ve gotten back to winning ways.

They’ve now won four games on the trot across all competitions while booking a place into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Man City once again this season. During their four-game hot streak, they have scored 10 goals and have only conceded one, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

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He has not featured in any of these games. They have effectively removed him from the system that has no need for the Frenchman and because of this, we will most likely see him move on in the summer.

One bad apple can make the bunch rotten, therefore the rotten apple had to be taken out of the bunch. No one player is bigger than the club.