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Arteta: “Guendouzi to be treated as any other player in our squad”

Matteo Guendouzi
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Matteo Guendouzi might still have a future at the Emirates, as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta offers him a route back into the squad.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta seems ready to work things out with French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who was on the verge of leaving north London this summer.

The French youngster missed the last 11 games of the season, after clashing with Brighton striker Neal Maupay immediately after full-time in a game the Gunners lost 2-1 at the Amex.

Disappointed from Guendouzi’s behavior, Arteta seemed ready to let him go this summer, but there might be an unexpected turn of events at the Emirates regarding Matteo’s future in the club.

“I’ve been really clear that everybody starts from zero,” Arteta said. “What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now.”

“Everybody is going to have the same opportunities. They have to show with their performance their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing with what we want to achieve this season.”

“To tell him exactly that he’s going to be part of the team and at the moment he’s like any other player in our squad. He deserves first of all to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to my best capability.”

Guendouzi has spent two years at Arsenal, noting 82 appearances in all competitions since his €8 million move from Lorient in July 2018.