Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat spoke to The Athletic today about Mikel Arteta and Edu’s decision to offload Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira last summer.
The Gunners boss is a disciplinarian and some of Guendouzi’s antics did not sit down well with him. He pushed the Frenchman out of the side at the end of last season and tried his best to get rid of him in the summer.
We couldn’t find a buyer then. Arteta and Edu reluctantly agreed to send him, as well as Lucas Torreira, out on loan, and Mislintat has claimed that he would never have allowed that to happen if he was still at the club.
He said: “If you’re not playing Matteo in midfield, it must be a very strong midfield. Matteo has the personality needed to demand every ball in tight situations and has great vision to play vertical and every other angle. That’s his real strength.
“As a teenager from Ligue 2, he played 48 games for Arsenal in his first season. I assure you, you are not able to “survive” that amount of Premier League caps playing adolescent football.
“I respect Mikel a lot. I’d love to talk to him one day, to understand his reasons for sending Matteo as well as Lucas Torreira on loan, and tell him my view in relation to their qualities. But it’s his decision of course.
“My personal opinion remains that Matteo would still add some extra qualities to Arsenal’s midfield, like Lucas could. Their market values increased hugely after their debut season.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that Guendouzi and Torreira are two incredible midfielders. The former has all the qualities to become one of the best in the world, while the Uruguayan, in the right system, could be immense.
Arteta, like most of us, knows that Guendouzi can be a key player for us. However, the Frenchman needs to change his behavior to have any chance of changing the Arsenal boss’ mind, which seems extremely unlikely at the moment.
Arsenal will likely sell both of them this summer and that really is a shame.