Arsenal set to offload midfielder not in Mikel Arteta’s plans as Gunners eye late deals
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is set to depart the Emirates on loan, ending his nightmare under Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi has been frozen out by Arteta after his spat with Neal Maupay at the end of last season.
Guendouzi is set to be Arsenal’s first departure of deadline day.
The midfielder hasn’t played since June, when he clashed with Brighton’s Maupay at the end of the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at the Amex.
Guendouzi then put in a transfer request and demanded to be sold, only to be told in no uncertain terms that he would be going nowhere.
He was expected to be given another chance at the Emirates under Arteta, with the manager said to be ready to wipe the slate clean.
But this season, he hasn’t even made the Gunners’ squad for any of their games across all competitions, and appears to have a slim chance of returning.
And now, he is set to fly to Germany to ink a one-year loan deal with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to The Mirror.
Guendouzi was linked with a moves to Marseille, Villareal and Roma, but those talks have broken down.
There is still work to be done before the deal can be confirmed, but the French midfielder is said to be willing to go out on loan to get some consistent game time.
The Gunners have been eager to offload players in an attempt to trim their squad, with multiple other players expected to leave today.
Lucas Torreira completed a medical at Atletico Madrid this weekend, and his loan move will likely be confirmed today.
The Uruguayan will sign a one-year loan deal, and Atletico will have the option of making the deal permanent for €20million (£18m).
Saed Kolasinac is also expected to depart north London today.
The defender has been closing in on a move to Bayer Leverkusen throughout the last few days, and could finalise his move today.
Arsenal will also use today to make a last-ditch attempt to sign a new midfielder, having seen their move for Houssem Aouar collapse.
The French midfielder was the Gunners’ top target, but confirmed on Sunday night that he would be staying at Lyon.
Aouar said: “I felt that I could still bring things to this team & the club, the club that raised me. Quite simply.”