Arsenal star Guendouzi told he needs ‘huge improvement’ to seal Barcelona move

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been told he needs "huge improvement" to secure a move to Barcelona by club legend Nigel Winterburn.

Guendouzi is linked with a move to the Spanish giants and his chances of leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer have been escalated by a recent scolding from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

The France U21 international clashed with Brighton forward Neal Maupay during the 2-1 defeat at the Amex on 20 June and has since been training away from the rest of the squad.

And while Guendouzi appears to be increasingly likely to exit Arsenal, Winterburn cannot see Barcelona tabling a bid.

"I think there would need to be a huge improvement in Guendouzi’s game for Barcelona to be willing to take him," Winterburn told

"He’s a young kid who’s made big improvements but there’s a long way to go, so that would surprise me if it turns out to be true.

"Arsenal wouldn’t just let him go easily even if they do decide to sell him, it would need to be a substantial fee, so would Barcelona think he’s worth the risk?

"If the price is right, maybe, but it seems like a bit of a long shot to me."

Guendouzi was considered one of the most promising young midfielders in the Premier League after joining Arsenal from Lorient in 2018.

The 21-year-old has made 52 Premier League appearances, including 24 this season, but Winterburn believes Arteta has made the right decision by disciplining the youngster.

The former Arsenal full-back added: "With Guendouzi, it all comes down to the player’s actions as well as the manager.

"I don’t know exactly what issues there are with Guendouzi, but it looks like the manager has had a word with him and asked him to show that he can do what is asked of him for the benefit of the team so everyone can move forward.

"If the player is not willing to do that, or has taken offence in some way, then you usually find that the player will ultimately force his way out of the club.

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"He’s a young player who has made some improvements over a short period of time but there’s a lot more room for development from him.

"It’s up to the player to turn this situation around. It looks as though Arteta has thrown down the gauntlet to try and test his resolve, and if Guendouzi reacts in the wrong way then he’ll be gone.

"You can’t have someone in your squad who is disturbing the rest of the team."

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