Arsenal have held a transfer meeting with Matteo Guendouzi but will not let the 21-year-old leave the Emirates this season despite reports. Manchester United are said to have made an approach, according to reports in France.
Mikel Arteta reassured the midfielder he is a key player in his plans, say ESPN.
Guendouzi wants to ensure he gets first-team football as he looks to force his way into the France side for Euro 2020 and the Olympics next summer.
A meeting between Arteta and his player was scheduled after the Brighton match last weekend in which the Frenchman is said to have berated the Seagulls’ players throughout.
United, Barcelona, PSG, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid all interested in Guendouzi, according to L’Equipe.
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The reports even claim the Red Devils have registered their interest in the young central midfielder.
Meanwhile, Arteta has spoken on the future of players at the club and has sent a clear warning to his entire squad that they won’t be kept if they are not fully invested in his plans.
“All the players that are here, I am counting on them,” said Arsenal’s head coach.
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“If they want to jump on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset.
“I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.”
Arteta refused to be drawn on whether he held a meeting with Guendouzi earlier this week regarding his attitude to life at the club.
The Spaniard added: “As I said in the press conference [after Southampton], whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public.”
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Arsenal return to action against Sheffield United in an FA Cup quarter-final clash tomorrow (1pm).
David Luiz is set to return from a two-match suspension while Cedric Soares is still out of action due to a facial injury.
Arteta could rotate his side again with so many games in such quick succession with football returning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Since Arteta took over in December, Guendouzi has started just four of 13 matches.
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