Matteo Guendouzi’s Brighton behavior was not tolerated by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta. The Gunners commander suggested that since then, the Frenchman should start training alone, only with the presence of a physical trainer. The information was verified by the English website “The Athletic”.
On June 20, Arsenal lost to Brighton, but two peculiar scenes caught attention. The first one was goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who got injured after slamming into a Brighton player, got off the pitch pointing at the player saying that it was his fault. The second one was that Guendouzi grabbed his countryman, Brighton’s Neal Maupay by the throat after a heated discussion.
Guendouzi got out of a FA ban, but Arteta was, even more, rigid toward the Frenchman, and wanted to teach him a lesson, imposing him a mini-ban by sending him to train alone with a physical trainer.
The decision to remove Guendouzi from training was taken after a meeting between head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar, where according to reports, the athlete did not apologize for grabbing Maupay by the throat and showed little interest in changing his behavior.
Furthermore, this was not the first time that the Frenchman had problems due to his attitudes. In February, the midfielder was not listed for the match against Newcastle because of an argument with Arteta at a Gunners training in Dubai.
The midfielder’s recent indiscipline acts have made Arsenal think about selling the former promising player by the end of the season. Teams like Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona may appear as future destinations.
There’s also a possibility of the Gunners involve Guendouzi in a swap-deal with Atleti Madrid by midfielder Thomas Partey.
In the current season, Guendouzi has 34 games played wearing Arsenal jersey, adding up all competitions. So far, the midfielder has not scored goals and recorded three assists.
Guendouzi is a talented player, but professional football is much more than only playing football by yourself. You have to come together as a team, and these little indiscipline acts can undermine Arteta’s attempt to change Arsenal’s culture.