French youth international Guendouzi left north London ahead of the transfer deadline in October, making the move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha for the 2020/21 campaign.
The 21-year-old’s exit of course came with Guendouzi having slipped majorly down the pecking order at the Emirates over the final months of last season.
He was accused of taunting several Brighton stars over finances during a defeat at the Amex back in June, and had since failed to garner a single appearance.
As such, with Mikel Arteta having made abundantly clear that he is not afraid to completely freeze out members of his Arsenal squad (just ask Mesut Ozil), Guendouzi’s eventual exit did not come as much of a surprise.
Following a difficult start to life in the German capital which saw him quickly pick up Covid-19 on the back of his arrival, meanwhile, Guendouzi has since gone on to firmly establish himself at the base of Hertha’s midfield.
The youngster has featured in the club’s last 13 league outings, playing all 90 minutes each time out.
He even opened his account in the colours of Die Alte Dame last month, putting his side in front with a classy finish at Borussia Monchengladbach:
Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi balling in the Bundesliga 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/AbcfKkOOGk
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 12, 2020
Guendouzi’s abilities in front of goal were then on show once again three weeks ago, when the Frenchman bent home another fine strike during a meeting with Schalke:
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 2, 2021
Concern for Arsenal?
As outlined above, however, whilst, initially, Guendouzi’s Hertha switch looked set to provide the midfielder with the ideal platform to get his career back on track, the last couple of weeks have proven of a more concerning nature.
Hertha have now picked up just a solitary point from their last four outings, the latter two of which both saw Bruno Labbadia’s men downed by 3-goal margins.
In turn, the capital club have slipped to within 2 points of the Bundesliga relegation zone.
Guendouzi himself, meanwhile, has not exactly covered himself in glory of late, with one moment of particular concern having come to the fore during his side’s 3-0 defeat at home to Hoffenheim during the week.
As reported by multiple sources, whilst making their way back to the pitch at half-time of the clash, the Arsenal loanee and star Hertha attacker Matheus Cunha were involved in a heated exchange.
This will no doubt come as a worrying development for those at his parent club, with Guendouzi’s inability to control his emotions having proven a key factor behind his summer departure.
‘Matheus Cunha and Matteo Guendouzi, argued on the escalator out for the second half on Tuesday, it was clear this team had reached some sort of breaking point.’ Via @guardian
I did NOT see this coming. pic.twitter.com/dnT7sk4CQk
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) January 22, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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