Mikel Arteta has refused to address the rumours that Matteo Guendouzi is open to leaving the club this summer after being disciplined this week.
It was something that Arteta was quizzed about during his press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United, but as you might expect, he wouldn’t go into specifics.
“As I said whatever internal issues we have we’ll deal with them privately, and I’m never going to make any of that public,” he said.
“All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome, and that is always my mindset.
“I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively, that is my job.”
The Arsenal manager would not reveal any team news ahead of Sunday’s trip to Bramall Lane, but admitted that the schedule means he is going to have to rotate to keep players fresh and to protect them from injury.
A recall for Guendouzi would suggest some harmony has been found, but his absence would do little more than add fuel to the fire.