“I needed to have fun on the pitch”: lender Matteo Guendouzi criticizes Gunners boss Mikel Arteta
“I needed to have fun on the pitch”: Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi criticizes Gunners boss Mikel Arteta for affecting his confidence by not playing him as he tries to resuscitate his career on loan at Hertha Berlin
- Matteo Guendouzi has been loaned to German club Hertha Berlin since October
- He was excluded from Arsenal training after catching Neal Maupay’s throat
- Despite criticism from boss Mikel Arteta, he believes he has a future at the club
Matteo Guendouzi has blamed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for his downgrade ahead of his October loan to Hertha Berlin.
The French midfielder was a mainstay in his first season under Unai Emery, playing 48 times in all competitions, but fell out of favor in the first months of Arteta’s tenure.
Gunners boss Arteta has excluded the 21-year-old from first-team training after a series of indiscretions including a nasty row with compatriot Neal Maupay against Brighton at the end of last season.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has spoken out against manager Mikel Arteta
He grabbed the striker’s throat after the game and reportedly mocked the Brighton players’ salary compared to his own.
But after impressing at the start of his temporary transfer to the German capital, hothead Guendouzi criticized the Arsenal boss for damaging his confidence.
He told Telefoot: “I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain my confidence and that’s what Hertha are offering me. It really is a choice I made.
“In the space of two seasons, I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal.
“When you play less, you start to think and it hurts. “
French Guendouzi (center) argued with Brighton’s Neal Maupay after the whistle
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has ruled the midfielder out of first-team training after the spat
The 21-year-old has joined Hertha Berlin on loan but believes his Arsenal career is not over yet
When Arteta was first appointed, he claimed that anyone who does not adhere to the club’s ethics would not be good enough for Arsenal’s environment and culture.
The Spaniard has also excluded German outcast Mesut Ozil, who has not been named to the Gunners’ Premier League or Europa League squads, despite earning £ 350,000 a week at the club.
Despite Arteta’s apparent loss of confidence in the Frenchman, Guendouzi believes his time at Arsenal isn’t necessarily over.
After captaining France U21 in a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein, he said his move to Hertha Berlin was more about playing time and a new challenge.