According to The Athletic, Matteo Guendouzi has spent the last two weeks training alone and Arsenal are open to moving him on when the transfer window opens.
The France under-21 international, who hasn’t made a matchday squad since the 2-1 defeat to Brighton, has earned the wrath of Mikel Arteta following a series of bust-ups since the turn of the year.
Guendouzi was signed from Lorient in the summer of 2018 on a tip from Sven Mislintat and new boss Unai Emery surprised everyone by thrusting him straight into first team action.
The midfielder thrived initially and went on to make 48 appearances in his debut season.
He continued to be a mainstay in the starting lineup right up until December and earned two call-ups to the France senior squad along the way. Things have gone dramatically downhill since Emery’s sacking.
Under Arteta, the 21-year-old has completed 90 minutes on just three occasions. A big argument in Dubai at the club’s training camp and his behaviour at training have been cited as reasons.
It remains to be seen whether Guendouzi is given a final chance to save his Arsenal career. If he can prove to the boss that he’s capable of the standards expected, then maybe he can. Is that likely? It would appear unlikely.
Moreover, given our financial situation, the temptation to cash in on a young player, for whom there will definitely be suitors, is going to be tough to resist.