Marseille have confirmed the signing of Matteo Guendouzi on a one year loan with an option to buy.
Update: Arseblog News can confirm this deal includes an obligation to buy, not simply an option.
Arsenal have been looking to offload the 22-year-old midfielder for the best part of a year after a huge falling out with manager Mikel Arteta. He spent last season on loan in Germany with Hertha Berlin.
Signed from Lorient for £7.5 million on a recommendation from Sven Mislintat, Guendouzi became an instant favourite of new boss Unai Emery and featured 48 times in his first season as the Gunners challenged for a Champions League spot and qualified for the Europa League final.
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He continued to be a regular in midfield as Emery’s project fell apart but saw game time start to dry up when Arteta took over.
Behind the scenes, there were rumblings about disciplinary issues and the situation eventually blew up following the infamous 2-1 defeat to Brighton at the Amex in June last year. Banished from the first team squad, it was the last we saw of him in an Arsenal shirt.
There’s no doubt that Guendouzi is a talented boy. He was due to captain France under-21s at this summer’s European Championships before injury struck and was on the verge of a senior debut for the reigning World Champions before his fall from grace.
It’ll be curious to see if he fulfils his potential at the Stade Velodrome. Best of luck to him.