Guendouzi guides France to qualification at Swiss expense

Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi capped off a fine performance by teeing up teammate Randal Kolo to seal the win for France Under-21 side.

The 21 year-old is currently spending the season on loan with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, having fallen out with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta last term.

The youngster has been limited in his playing time with his temporary club, thanks to joining late into the window which closed last month, and having missed matches thanks to a positive Coronavirus test.

Matteo has picked up two league appearances so far however, and looks set to play a key role for their side going forwards.

This week however, he has been enjoying the international break with the France Under-21 squad, where he played a key role in eight of their 10 qualifying matches, with him missing the loss to Switzerland before helping them to eight straight wins.

His side managed to secure qualification for the Under-21 European Championships last night by beating Switzerland, who only needed a draw to deny their side a guaranteed route to the 16-team finals.

Guendouzi sealed the game off by swooping in to dispossess his rival, before sprinting the length of their opposing half before putting on a plate for his teammate to fire home.

Guendouzi future remains up in the air following his spat with Mikel Arteta, while his attitude has come into question more than once, but his talent is undoubted.

Hopefully his time spent in Germany will allow him to mature off the pitch, and he could return to Arsenal next season to concentrate on his football.

Do we think Guendouzi could resurrect his Arsenal career?

Patrick

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16 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    I’m really pleased for him. I’d love to see him line up for us again, however, it’s looking very unlikely…

    1. myst says:

      it would be stupid to let him go I think the loan deal would help him to realize that he needs to settle down and mature. So when he comes back he would be more mature and he should have improved his rashness, but I have belief in youngsters for the future. Saka, Willock (after a loan), Nelson, Smith Rowe, Mavropanos, Saliba, Guendouzi, Tierney and even some form the U23s.

    2. Atid says:

      I would still take torriera and guendozi over xhaka and ceballos, bringing those two back and selling xhaka, whilst returning ceballos and releasing could leave us with enough money for the Hungarian kid whose name I cannot spell. Then I think our midfield would have the depth required.

      1. Atid says:

        Meant to read releasing ozil

      2. Sue says:

        Szoboszlai 🙂 I’d be more than happy with him also!

  2. Aaron says:

    Sue,
    Hope he plays great, grows up a bit and comes back either as a player or a high priced sell on!

    1. Sue says:

      Nice one, Aaron.. a win-win 🙂

    2. Reggie says:

      He is entrusted with u21s captaincy, must have impressed someone and repaying faith as i understand.

  3. Grandad says:

    I’m afraid his oversized ego will preclude a permanent reunion with Arteta, but hopefully a period of good form will lead to a permanent transfer which will satisfy him and Arsenal, providing the price is right of course.In this regard I would not consider selling him for less than 20/25m.

  4. jon fox says:

    I don’t THINK Guendouzi will not resurrect his Arsenal career. Instead of thinking he will not, I KNOW he will not.

    He is finished at Arsenal and all that now remains is to get the very best sale price we can get, almost certainly next summer. Who would reimport poison, having sensibly got rid of it!

  5. lcw says:

    Does that look like Adelaide (17) in the picture? I really liked that kid and wish he never left. For some reason he reminds me of Abou Diaby.

    1. Sue says:

      You’re right, Icw, it is him! 👍

      1. lcw says:

        Thanks Sue.

  6. Reggie says:

    Good luck to the kid and im sure he can resurrect his Arsenal career if Arteta is big enough to see someone make an effort to. He is too good a prospect too lose to someone else too benifit. I actually think he and Partey would or could be a right combination. Look forward too see where this goes.

    1. Sue says:

      Never say never, I guess, Reggie. I never thought we’d see Elneny line up for us again!
      He’s playing well for club and country, so let’s hope he does return to NL.. if not, then a healthy sum will end up with us instead!

  7. Goona says:

    Some are xomplaining about Mateo’s ego,i think thats a French thing,big egos. Thiery Henry,Pogba,Martial,Nasri all had/have big egos

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