Matteo Guendouzi told how to save his Arsenal career after Mikel Arteta fallout
Matteo Guendouzi has been told to ‘shut his month’ to save his Arsenal career after falling out with Mikel Arteta last season.
The midfielder burst onto the scene at Arsenal as a youngster after joining from Lorient in 2018, but his Gunners career took a turn last year.
After grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat after a Premier League clash with Brighton, Guendouzi fell out with Arteta who was not happy with the 21-year-old’s attitude having taken over permanently at the Emirates Stadium.
Guendouzi was then sent out on loan ahead of this season, joining Hertha Berlin, where he has racked up 21 Bundesliga appearances to date.
But according to former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit, there is a future at Arsenal for Guendouzi, but only if he keeps quiet.
“I think things happened too quickly for Matteo Guendouzi at a time where he wasn’t strong enough mentally. He has a volcanic personality,” he told 5-a-side Bet.
“He was called up to the French national team after a good run in the Arsenal team, but I didn’t see him have a very good game in that spell.
“He did OK in games, but as soon as he went to the national team, he changed on the pitch.
“He’s had arguments with referees, opponents, sometimes his own teammates, and I think this is something he has to control. If you want to reach the highest level and stay there, you have to control your emotions.
“He needs to realise this and adapt very quickly because I think he still has qualities and can bring something to Arsenal.
“When you can’t control your emotions, it’s very hard for your teammates to work with you, it’s hard for your fans to back you and it’s hard to keep out of the press limelight. But most importantly it’s hard for your manager to pick you.
“I remember he had a fight with Mikel Arteta and after that we didn’t see him again in an Arsenal shirt. You need to keep it in mind that at the end of the day you are just a player.
“Until you are the best player in the world, which you are not, you shut your mouth and keep working hard and respecting others.”