Guendouzi’s Arsenal highs and lows including Tottenham heroics and Arteta feud

Matteo Guendouzi’s time with Arsenal appears to finally be coming to an end, after the midfielder posted a farewell message on Instagram to Gunners fans.

The Frenchman started his Arsenal career well, with many expecting he would go on to become a key player in midfield for years to come.

But his career in the Premier League fell apart after Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal manager.

A series of incidents, coupled with concerns over his attitude, resulted in the 22-year-old being frozen out of training by Arteta, before he was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at three highs and three lows from his time at Arsenal…


Tottenham heroics

Though he was only 19 when he joined Arsenal and had spent all of his career leading up to that move in France, Guendouzi immediately grasped the importance of the North London derby.

He made his debut in the derby in December 2018, making a 20-minute cameo in a 4-2 win before celebrating the result with Arsenal fans on the streets outside the ground.

The following season, Guendouzi produced one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt in the same fixture.

After the Gunners had fallen 2-0 down, the Frenchman drove his side back into the game, having a hand in both goals which earnt Arsenal a point.

Impressive debut season

Upon his arrival from Lorient for a fee in the region of £7million, Guendouzi was thrown straight into Arsenal’s starting line-up by Unai Emery.

He would make 48 appearances in his debut season at the Emirates, the seventh highest of any Gunners player.

Though the season was a relative disappointment, with Emery’s side ending up fifth in the Premier League, Guendouzi thrived.

He was hailed by many for his defensive awareness and abilities in possession as he established himself as a regular in the starting line-up.

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After that impressive first season, Guendouzi continued to show his talent at the beginning of the next season.

He started all of the Gunners’ opening 14 games, as they lost just three Premier League matches in that time span.

Guendouzi notched two assists in September 2019, a month in which Arsenal went unbeaten, picking up the club’s Player of the Month award in the process.


Feud with Arteta

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After Mikel Arteta took over from Emery, Guendouzi’s game time gradually diminished, culminating in his being left out of the matchday squad completely for the visit of Newcastle in February 2020.

Guendouzi was snubbed after he clashed with Arteta during a winter training camp in Dubai, with concerns growing about his behaviour.

Once football returned from the Coronavirus-enforced break, Guendouzi would start Arsenal’s opening two league games.

But an incident in the second match, against Brighton, resulted in the midfielder being banished from training by Arteta due to his conduct.

Brighton altercations

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That trip to Brighton last June was the lowest of Guendouzi’s low points with Arsenal.

He started the infamous 2-1 defeat and was lucky not to receive at least a booking when he grabbed Seagulls forward Neal Maupay by the throat in an altercation.

In the days following the game it was claimed that Guendouzi had taunted Brighton players by bragging about how he earned more money in wages than them.

After being frozen out due to those actions, he has not played for the Gunners since.

No winners’ medal

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The freezing out of Guendouzi also meant that he missed the final three games of Arsenal’s run to winning the 2020 FA Cup.

Though he had started all of the Gunners’ opening three matches in the competition, wins over Portsmouth, Leeds and Bournemouth, he did not appear after the fifth round.

Despite his contributions in the early rounds of the tournament, Guendouzi was not given a winners’ medal when Arsenal beat Chelsea in the final.

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