Arsenal have a decision to make regarding the futures of a number of our players. Some of them have gone out on loan while others are still with us and are surplus to requirements.
Mikel Arteta and Edu have to resolve multiple issues, but the most important one is arguably the future of Matteo Guendouzi.
The Frenchman was pushed out of the club by Arteta at the end of last season. He was sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin last summer, and not many people feel that he has a chance to come back to the Emirates and nail down a spot.
With just a year left on his contract, Arsenal will have to sell him if we don’t plan on keeping him. Sport Bild claim today that the Gunners were hoping that Hertha would be interested in signing him on a permanent deal, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.
The report claims that the Bundesliga outfit have no interest in signing Guendouzi. They say that the Frenchman started the campaign very well, but he is now just ‘conspicuous’ for his ‘theatrical appearances’.
Conversations with Arsenal over another deal for Guendouzi are now closed, and the Frenchman will return to the Emirates at the end of this season.
Should Arsenal keep Guendouzi?
The former Lorient man recently claimed that he ‘will give everything’ for Arsenal if he plays for us again. (Read here) It’s one thing to come out and say it but it’s a whole different thing to keep one’s word.
Arteta has already shown that indiscipline will not be tolerated at the club. Even skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t spared and that has sent a strong statement to everyone else in the squad.
If Guendouzi comes back, puts his head down and works like Arteta wants him to, keeping hold of him is a no-brainer. However, if he is still the same kid who thinks he can do whatever he wants, he will be shown the door without a second’s thought.