Hertha Berlin boss Pal Dardai spoke to Sport Bild about Matteo Guendouzi after the Frenchman’s terrible mistake against RB Leipzig over the weekend.
The former Lorient man fell out with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates and was pushed out of the squad at the end of last season. He was forced out on loan to Hertha in the summer and he was in a good form – until Sunday.
He came on as a substitute for Sami Khedira against RB Leipzig and made a huge mess in his own penalty box that gifted the visitors a very easy goal.
Guendouzi held onto the ball instead of clearing it. He went down after a small touch and the referee waved play on. Nordi Mukiele took advantage of that and scored brilliantly, and Dardai was not a happy man.
He said: “It’s like puberty for him, he’s rebellious. He has to learn animal-like. I never give up on these duels during training. You can’t always just throw yourself out. And he’s always mad.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
There isn’t a person in football who can question Guendouzi’s talent. He has all the qualities to be a top football player, but some of his antics on the pitch can be really infuriating, especially when it results in a goal like it did on Sunday.
It’s time for Guendouzi to have a long, hard look at himself. He needs to mature quickly to have any chance of fulfilling his massive potential, either at Arsenal or somewhere else.
It will be interesting to see how Arteta views this. Apart from his howler on Sunday, Guendouzi has had an impressive season with Hertha, but whether that’s enough to convince the Arsenal boss to keep hold of him is a whole different story.
The Frenchman will enter the final year of his contract this summer. Arsenal either have to extend it or sell him immediately, and it looks like it’s going to be the latter, which is a real shame.