Matteo Guendouzi could be given a chance to rehabilitate his reputation at Arsenal with Mikel Arteta ready to give the midfielder another shot at first team action.
The France under-21 international hasn’t featured for the Gunners since July’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton, after which it was reported he had an almighty bust-up with the boss.
Having also fallen out with the coaching staff during the mid-season training camp in Dubai, Guendouzi was forced to train alone and hasn’t played since.
While it’s no secret that we’ve been trying to offload the midfielder, it now appears that the door isn’t completely shut.
Facing the press ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool at Wembley, the boss said: “I’ve been really clear that everybody starts from zero. What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.
“Everybody is going to have the same opportunities. They have to show with their performance their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing with what we want to achieve this season.
“Yes…I’ve told him exactly that. That he’ll be part of the team and at the moment he’s like any other player in our squad. He deserves to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to my best capability.”