After Arsenal’s transfer failures, Matteo Guendouzi sent a firm reminder to MikelArteta

Arsenal’s squad was heavily depleted in the second half. Six players left the first-team squad, and loanee Matteo Guendouzi wrote a message to Mikel arteta during Marseille’s Ligue 1 match against Lyon.

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Matteo Guendouzi sent a message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta with his role in Marseille’s rearranged Ligue 1 clash against Lyon on Tuesday.

The Gunners loanee, a central midfielder, is playing a key role in the Gunners’ top three spots in the league.

The 22-year-old was ostracised by Arteta back in 2020 and is currently in his second loan spell away from the club – following a stint at Hertha Berlin – and looks set to join the French club permanently this summer.

He had played 82 games for North London in all competitions. The Frenchman looked set for a bright future, but he is now on the second of two loans from Emirates.

Guendouzi opened the scoring in Tuesday night’s crunch league meeting against rivals Lyon in a fixture which was rearranged from earlier in the campaign due to crowd trouble, meaning this match was played behind closed doors.

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Guendouzi opened scoring in the rearranged Ligue 1 fixture, with a header from Payet’s cross.


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A total of six players left Arteta’s first-team squad This month with no new additions – although Auston Trusty was signed from MLS side Colorado Rapids – with Guendouzi among those previously trimmed.

Guendouzi opened the scoring on Tuesday as he lost his marker in the Lyon penalty area to power home a header from Dimitri Payet’s corner in the 10 th minute.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who are flying high in third position in Ligue 1, were heavily fancied to win the game as Lyon had 11 players unavailable for the game.

The hosts were still strong in the second half, with ex- Liverpool playermaker Xherdan Shahiri drawing level with 15 minutes to go before Lyon striker Moussa Debele scored a late winner.

This result means that Marseille did not win a fixture at Lyon in the league for 15 years. They also missed the chance of leapfrogging Nice to second.

Guendouzi’s leadership skills have been praised by Marseille boss Sampaoli, for whom the midfielder – alongside another Gunners loanee, defender William Saliba – have starred this campaign.

Sampaoli told a press conference last month: “Aside from his youth, Matteo has a particular energy. He has a desire to win and he’s a natural leader.

Guendouzi’s third goal of the campaign was for Jorge Sampaoli’s side

“We imagined that would be the case but that it would happen over time. Seeing this in addition to his performances, we have an energy that everyone can envy.

“It is contagious and it’s a very important value in life. Experience is important for everyone but, for young people, sometimes difficult events are not good experiences.

“There is also personal capacity on the mental side.

“Guendouzi, for example, he is a 22-year-old but he acts like he is 30. The most important thing is maturity.”

Arsenal signed the 22-year-old from Lorient in 2018 and he spent last season on loan with Hertha Berlin. He made 24 appearances, scoring two goals, and then was injured.

Guendouzi is an important figure in Marseille’s midfield, and could help them qualify to the Champions League

He joined Marseille as a season-long loan while the Ligue 1 club had an option to buy him permanent.

Guendouzi’s apparent conflict with Arteta makes it unlikely that he will be back at Arsenal. Arteta secured the signings last summer of Thomas Partey, and Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Guendouzi’s international debut was earlier this season when he played for Les Bleus in a World Cup qualifier versus Finland.

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