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“I just really needed to play” – Arsenal youngster still believes for a future

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Arsenal’s young midfielder talked about his future at the club following his season-long transfer to Bundesliga.

Matteo Guendouzi admitted that his future at Arsenal is not yet done. Subsequently, the midfielder fell down in the hierarchy at Emirates Stadium. Guendouzi will now feature for German club Hertha Berlin on a one year loan. 

The Frenchman did not satisfy Mikel Arteta’s plans for Arsenal. Consequently, he just appeared two times across all competitions after the restart of football following the lockdown.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old opted to transfer to Hertha Berlin in the summer transfer window. Though, he denies that his career at Arsenal is still not over.

Guendouzi’s deal with the Gunners lasts until 2022. When asked about his future at Arsenal, he told Canal+: “It is not that. I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge.

“That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me. So Hertha Berlin, I know that I will be able to express myself in a magnificent league.”

On his decision to head to Bundesliga side Hertha, Guendouzi added: “They are a very good club with big ambitions. So, I have left to go on loan there for a year. So I will give everything I can for this club. I needed playing time, I need to play, I needed to enjoy myself on the pitch. And that is what I am going to do this year.”

Arteta makes his decision.

Previously, Arteta received questions about Guendouzi in July. He also spoke about his expectations from players to play frequently.

The Spaniard said: “[I want] players that respect the values we want to implement, that they are 100 percent committed to our culture and players that are accountable every day for what we demand from them.

“Players that are ready to help each other, fight for each other, and enjoy playing together. That is what I mean by being in the boat. If you behave like this every day, you are very, very welcome here. And we want to get the best out of you and help you to enjoy your profession with us.”

He continued: “We all have moments when you have doubts about your future. You have difficult times and that is why the conversations have to be open. You have to create an environment for the players so they can trust you, to express those feelings. Even with me.

“If you do that you are always willing to help them. To try to guide them, to give them clarity, direction. And support when they need it to feel comfortable. Make them feel they are in the right place.”