Guendouzi admits Arsenal is still his favourite team and why he joined

Matteo Guendouzi had an inconsistent spell during his time at Arsenal, but it’s important to remember that he was still quite young when he left the club, and his departure was largely due to a falling out with Mikel Arteta.

The French midfielder arrived at Arsenal as one of Europe’s most promising young talents and recently revealed that the club had been his dream destination.

Arsenal has a rich history of French players, and the likes of Thierry Henry, and Patrick Vieira served as inspirations for many young French talents who admired the club.

When Arsenal expressed interest in Guendouzi while he was playing at Lorient, it was an easy decision for him to make the move to the Emirates.

The midfielder was recently asked if he always wanted to join Arsenal and he tells Il Messaggero, as relayed by Cittaceleste

“In France, Arsenal is very popular, because many Frenchmen have played there: Pires, Henry, and Wenger on the bench.”

Asked if Arsenal are still his favourite team, he added: “As a child, yes. And when there was the possibility to move, I had no doubts, even though I had other options. Emery did everything to have me.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Guendouzi was indeed quite young during his time at Arsenal, and it’s possible that his falling out with Arteta could have been avoided had he been more mature.

Nevertheless, the decision to part ways with him was ultimately the best course of action, and it has allowed the club to develop a new group of players who are dedicated to fighting for the club’s success.


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  1. The weekend won’t come round soon enough if we are reduced to articles on Guendouzi who I believe is surplus to Marseilles and has moved on.
    His behaviour was reminiscent of the difficulties faced by Ten Hag with Sancho now.

    1. Sancho is a saint when compared to matteo, at least jadon was publicly criticized by his boss in a case we can’t tell who is telling the truth until ETH’s decision is justified while matteo’s case was totally unwaranted and would’nt do the needful despite being a compatriot with maupay,spat with team mates amongst other forms of unravelled indiscipline.

  2. Too much, too young, as the song goes. Needed nurturing, guiding and properly looked after with discipline. A young man given too much too soon in his young life. Hope he has learned some life lessons and does well in the future .

  3. Had shown so much promise, was seeming to be on a self destructive path at one stage.

    Now a France international, still a talented youngster, but his hot head is his biggest baggage, Hope’s he has tempered down somewhat.

  4. When you look back at these toxic egotistic personalities that Arteta had to manage, you then have got to acknowledge how the culture at Arsenal had been allowed to fester and stink.

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