Official: Matteo Guendouzi joins Hertha Berlin

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Arsenal have confirmed that Matteo Guendouzi has joined Hertha Berlin on loan for the duration of the 2020-21 season.

The midfielder has been out of favour since a disciplinary incident behind the scenes following our 2-1 defeat to Brighton in June. He has never featured in a match-day squad since.

The 21 year old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2018, and was a surprise fixture in the team from very early on. However, after the departure of Unai Emery and the arrival of Mikel Arteta, he found himself starting fewer games.

There was another disciplinary issue after a warm-weather training trip to Dubai in which he clashed with Sokratis and the coaching staff, and was left out of a 4-0 win over Newcastle. His replacement that day, Dani Ceballos, made the most of his opportunity and took the chance to cement his first team credentials.

Guendouzi has made 82 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, scoring one goal and providing five assists.

The best of luck to him in the Bundesliga.

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Tommmy

What a Douzi

Johnny 4 Hats

The Brighton game that started Martinez and ended Matteo…

HARRY

Oh such great news and if he does really really well at Berlin we can sell him for 40m+ brilliant

Vescucci

That’s one awkward situation done with. I’m glsad, if you know what I mean

Mayor McCheese

Slad.

Anonymarse

Is that like a combination of glad and sad?

Johnny 4 Hats

As he picks up the pen to sign…

“And still nothing from the Nou Camp? You’re sure of that? Well just ask them to check one more time. Maybe Edu was on another call…”

TommyGun

Can’t say I am sad to see the back of him.

Welsh Gooner

Hope he comes back with a better attitude because he does have a lot of potential. If not, he will command quite a pretty price tag next summer.

Still, best of luck to him.

Vaibhav Pandey

In my view this deal could benefit Arsenal of around 4-5 million if wages are paid in full by Hertha Berlin.

Del Boy

I truly hope you are right! But he will only have 1 year left on his contract and Arsenal are not renowned for being good negotiators (unfortunately)

Awesomesauce25

Hope he does as well, but if he hasn’t sorted the situation out after many months, it’s probably a character flaw that is unlikely to ever change. At least not until well after his career and much self reflection. Hope it turns into a positive learning experience for him ultimately.

CornwallGooner

There was hardly a huge queue of clubs beating down our door to sign him. Where is this ‘pretty price tag’ going to come from?

Naked Cygan

Wish him good luck, hopefully things change and he gets to fight for his place in the squad next season. Anyone know how much we got for the loan fee?

siamois

No loan fee I’m afraid!

Andy G

Saw an article somewhere that there’s no fee, but they’ll cover all his wages for the year…

Biggles

You want jam on it as well, don’t you? I doubt there’s any loan fee – given that he topped the “most unwanted” list. It’s terrific he’s gone anywhere.

Yellow Ribbon

He did look like a really good surprise package at one point. Hope he changes his attitude and comes back as a better player. Still has got a lot of potential and a long way to go.

Wish him good luck.

Bossman Bill

The boy’s gonna be herthing after not getting that barcelona move he wanted.

Hail Gus!

From worst brat to bratwurst ??‍♂️

Dawdler

?

loose_cannon

A loan isn’t ideal but maybe, with some good performances, he can put himself in the shop window and generate a bigger fee.

Biggles

Good news and quite an achievement given that Arsenal simply couldn’t shift him on a permanent basis either as a straight transfer or in a cash + player deal. You never know, a change of scene may encourage him to take a more adult perspective and concentrate on football. He could even return as a “new” player. We’ll see.

momozemio

You mean… BLANS? (Back Like….)

Arteta-tinted Glasses

Damn shame, could have been a regular starter in an unsettled MF for a team that is on the way up. Sad. Hope he is able to come back, a man.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

This was a young coach, young player situation. Overdoing things both sides.

Pau

At least I’m not alone to have thought so. I genuinely think this was likely the case, and it’s not a criticism.

Biggles

He may come back a better player – let’s hope so. If not, I doubt he’ll come back for long.

Riku

A team with owners who want to put money into Berlin. German gooners aren’t they part Chiba owned?!

Good experience for him or get good money for him from wealthy Berlin

Mark Foxwell

Kid is going to end up like balotelli if he doesn’t sort himself out.

Doghouse

I will miss his curly hair.. oh Yeah we’ve got one..

Arsepedant

Two – don’t forget Elneny.

Gurjot

Three – don’t forget Willian

mayoarsenal

Four – Alan Sunderland

Qwaliteee

Five – Graham Rix

FrankReynolds

With Guen going to Hertha and thus causing the $30M deal for OL’s Reine-Adelaide to fall through… Aulas surely needs to sell someone else, correct? Depay does not seem like a sure thing yet.

Edu masterclass?

It is being reported that Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s transfer to Hertha fell through due to high agent fees.

karl

Surprised by the number of goals and assists. His playing style looked like there might be more end product.

Merlin’s Panini

Well i hope it works out for us. Couldn’t really give a hoot about him though.
He needs to grow up.

DFW Gooner

There’s a $4 million loan fee and most likely they’re paying his full wages so it is a good deal. But the problem is not dealt with, only just delayed. His contract will run down to the final year when he returns and that will be really difficult from a negotiation standpoint versus a very young player with potential suitors from across Europe then.

Kostas

Genuinely I hope he learns a good lesson and focus on how to develop more! I really liked his engine and his fearless shithousery

Many fans look down at him but even if you dont fancy him as a person it is our best interest to have a successful year at Berlin.

Twatsloch

All the best to him in the cool and happening city of Berlin. Let’s hope he does some growing up while he’s there too.

Del Boy

If he come’s back in a year with that barnet cut off, I will be most impressed more than anything!

I think folks should be allowed to wear their hair however they want, provided it’s not an inconvenience or a distraction.

The amount of people balding these days puts even more onus on enjoying your hair while you still have it.

Hantal

I don’t see him playing for us again but hopefully a decent season can see us get something for him next summer

Billy bob

One player I am glad has gone, there is another slacker that I’d love to see gone too but he is just happy taking the cash without putting much effort in!!!

Big Mad Andy

Maybe he’ll get a skills video to All the Whores of Malta by Grandma’s Boner.

Billy bob

20:04 – Mesut Ozil to Matteo Guendouzi:

“Mi Bebeee ❤️ all the best for you in Germany. Show them that you’re a great football player ? Will miss you here ? @MatteoGuendouzi”

Ugh, what a surprise these two are close buddies, both a pain in the ARSEnal

Did you never have detention buddies at school?

Qwaliteee

And the hate continues….

Cranky Colin

I’m available to go on loan as well if anyone is interested

Twatsloch

What’s your painting technique like? If you’re decent then I could probably cover half your wages.

T.A.

Good riddance