Matteo Guendouzi explains Arsenal exit as Gunners loanee labelled ‘a pain’ by former boss

Matteo Guendouzi

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has this weekend provided an insight into his summer departure from the Emirates.

Bundesliga switch

French youth international Guendouzi left north London ahead of the transfer deadline last month, making the move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin 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.

Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi celebrates after Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched onto Guendouzi’s pass to score their second goal to equalise 2-2 during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 1, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

‘Needed to have fun’

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 establish himself at the base of Hertha’s midfield over recent weeks.

The youngster has featured in the club’s last 3 league outings, playing all 90 minutes versus both Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund.

And it is exactly these type of opportunities which, based on his latest comments, were behind Guendouzi’s decision to swap the Emirates for the Olympiastadion.

Speaking during an in-depth interview with Telefoot this weekend, Arsenal’s on-loan midfielder was drawn on a host of topics, including the motivation behind his decision to depart north London.

And Guendouzi went on to explain:

‘I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers 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.’

‘Very complicated’

Interestingly, the aforementioned comments come just days after one of Guendouzi’s former managers admitted that he did not at all enjoy overseeing the 21-year-old’s early career development.

Speaking this week, Mickael Landreau, who took charge of the 21-year-old during his time at Lorient, confirmed that Guendouzi was nothing short of ‘a pain on a daily basis’:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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