Arsenal loanee in dig at ‘incomparable’ Emirates crowd

Matteo Guendouzi is currently on loan with Marseille having joined on loan from Arsenal this summer, and he has taken a potshot at our fans.

The French midfielder isn’t exactly held in high regard around North London at present, having fallen foul of manage Mikel Arteta on two occasions, with the latter incident resulting in Guendouzi being forced to train alone, before being sent out on loan 12 months ago to Hertha Berlin.

While he is believed to have impressed in the Bundesliga, he wasn’t considered for a return to the club’s first team for the current season, and has since joined Marseille in Ligue 1, and has now claimed that the atmosphere in his new side’s stadium is better than ours.

‘The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different,’ he said(via the Metro).

‘The best atmosphere is here. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.’

While we could assume that his memory was tainted by having to play in an empty stadium following the Coronavirus pandemic, with his final outing in our famous red and white having been played behind closed doors, this sort of comment from a player still owned by us isn’t really acceptable, although who would expect anything different from the 22 year-old?


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    1. He did not say arsenal was bad but his current club was best…. Not same. And he is right. What can you do. Surveys shows we have one of the worst warming atmosphere of the prem. Questions is what can be done ? Can the stadium be improved or is more supporters ? Adding rows closer to the pitch migt help ?

      1. Not sure about the surveys, but France is a welcoming environment for people from all over the world. And it’s in its history. You have to be a very special talent to be embraced in UK if you are not English. London by its multi ethnicity mix is your best bet, but still you got issues here. Going to the passion as regards the fans, in France it’s our team kind of approach, in UK you can have fans isolating their own player and booing him 90 minutes

  1. But he is right. We are still a library.
    But Guendouzi himself is an average poorly behaved and mannered joke.
    Hope we never see him at our club ever.
    Thank you.

    1. I am in awe of your obvious ability to speak so much truth in so few words. I wish I had the same ability to be so comprehensive, yet brief! I am serious. No sarcasm.

  2. Cant say anything other, Emirates isn’t very atmospheric and many grounds have a better atmosphere than ours. Non story really.

    1. Even if that is true, it should not be coming out of the mouth of the one who once claimed he loved the club, till date most fans still hold grudge against the manager and the club because of this guy.

      Talk about the fans, yesterday was 10/10 for the fans, big up to all fans at the stadium, despite having less than 1/3 of the population, their voices were heard loud and clear

  3. I’m not a particular fan, and it isn’t much of a story for me. If he’s happy in France then it’s good all round

  4. Non-story. Fair enough comment. Stade Velodrome is well known as an intimidating ground to play at, and The Emirates is the opposite, so what are people upset about?

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