Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he will leave the door open for Matteo Guendouzi to return to the first team, despite dropping the Frenchman for the 2-0 win against Southampton yesterday evening.
French newspaper L’Equipe has reported that the 21-year-old has “expressed his wish to leave” the Emirates at the end of the season after feeling that he is not trusted by Arteta.
When asked about Guendouzi’s future, following his absence from the squad last night, the Gunners boss said he will look to resolve the issues between him and the player internally:
“The door is always open. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.”
“I don’t like to make any decisions to send messages [to the squad]. The messages that I send to the team or individually are very open and I’m clear with how I feel. Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine.”
Guendouzi’s lack of discipline has been cited as the major reason why the pair have apparently fallen out, with the France Under 21 international having previously been dropped following problems during the mid-season training camp earlier this year.
Fans will be hoping that the differences can be resolved with the midfielder having undoubted potential to succeed at the highest level.