It seems Guendouzi is aiming a dig at Arteta with Emery praise

Matteo Guendouzi has praised Unai Emery after the former Arsenal boss won the Europa League with Villarreal.

Emery signed Guendouzi for the Gunners in 2018 when the club made him the replacement for Arsene Wenger.

He was an important part of the Arsenal team for much of the time that the Spaniard led the club.

When the Gunners needed a new captain, he was even named among the players who could be handed the armband.

However, he remains a hot-head and this has given him some problems before now.

He fell out with Mikel Arteta last season and was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin in the just-concluded campaign.

He was linked with a reunion with Emery at Villarreal before he eventually ended up in Germany.

The midfielder seems to have a fine and positive relationship with his former boss and hailed him for knowing how to win trophies.

He tweeted: “What a journey! This Football… so smart and elegant! You made the dream of an entire city, of a club, a team, and of all the fans come true! 

“You did it! You know how to win trophies! Hats off Monsieur Emery. You are so unique.

“I am honored and proud to have had the opportunity to evolve by your side. Words will never be strong enough to qualify your personality, your benevolence and your authenticity in human relationships.

“All my congratulations coach @UnaiEmery_ and bravo to @VillarrealCF”

Tags Matteo Guendouzi


  1. Adajim says:

    He should go join Villarreal. When arsenal won FA was his tweet this long?
    And some fans still defending this guys?

    1. Isaiah Binay says:

      He should a way of playing good football under any coach

    2. ozziegunner says:

      Adajim, I don’t know, was his tweet on the FA Cup win this long? 🤔

  2. Dannie says:

    Guys but your attitude away. He is right!

  3. guy says:

    Click bait. Now that’s an article with an agenda!
    So because he congratulated Emery on a truly excellent job he was actually criticising Arteta even though he never mentioned him. Or perhaps you dont agree that Emery deserves huge credit.
    You are in my opinion deliberately reading things into his words that were not there.

    1. Sue says:

      Brilliant, Guy 👍

    2. PJ-SA says:

      I agree guy, very petty. It seems people are so blindly trying to “protect” MA that they’ll just attack anyone who doesn’t like him.

    3. SueP says:

      There is nothing wrong in congratulating UE but it was just so massively ott. It never crossed my mind that he was taking a pop at Arteta. If he was, more fool him. All MG had to do was behave like a man rather than a silly boy and he’d have had a decent career at the club

    4. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      Although I totally agree with the notion that Emery deserves kudos for what he’s achieved at a previously trophy-less Villareal, there’s no doubt in my mind that Guendo, considering his propensity to ruffles feathers, knew full-well how his most public of words might have been received in North London, especially after we were eliminated from the EL at the hands of our former manager…if he really had such a close relationship with Unai he could have sent him a private congratulatory message, much in the same vain that someone generally doesn’t openly celebrate when scoring against their former team

      1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

        btw I don’t hold it against him even if that was his intention

    5. ozziegunner says:

      guy, couldn’t have put it better. How did Guendouzi say anything detrimental to Mikel Arteta in stating fact and praising Unai Emery for winning the Euroa League with Villarreal?

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly!! It now appears the poor sod isn’t even allowed to tweet these days
        Some of the responses above are pathetic…

    6. siamois says:

      Spot on!

  4. Junior says:

    Sure, but does he think MA doesn’t know how 2 win trophys. We shall teach them ‘English Football’ both can’t manage EPL.

    1. Wyoming says:

      Good Ebbening.
      Emery winning the EL in such an epic shoot out and Guendouzis comments have just added salt to the already gaping wounds of another disappointing season under Arteta.
      Despite a world class squad 8th twice in a row is extremely poor and Emery taking a small club of misfits to EL glory and a return to the Champions league
      makes a complete mockery of Arsenal.
      The club has been humiliated but only has itself to blame.
      A rookie manager and a bloated squad full of overpaid underperformers on safe contracts.
      All we can do now is pick up the pieces and reset for a new season.
      Arteta has promised to be ruthless.
      A clear out of under performers and an infusion of fresh talent is needed.
      Being out of Europe is an advantage.
      Starting with such low expectations is also an advantage.
      Top six will seem like a success.

      1. SueP says:

        …gaping wounds of another disappointing season under Arteta ……

        I seem to recall an FA Cup win after his first
        Critique this season by all means

        1. ozziegunner says:

          👍 No one can take away the FA Cup.

  5. Havyn says:

    He’s right on what?
    We don’t need him here. Very disruptive and will fail with his attitude

    No wonder his friend is Ozil

    1. Lenohappy says:

      So is it a bad thing to be friends with ozil? You sound as if ozil is a bad person, perhaps you know ozil personally, have you ever played with Ozil before or is ozil your neighbor. I no longer rate ozil as a footballer but that doesn’t mean ozil is a bad guy. And when has it become a crime for a former player to praise his former coach, after all Emery gave him his chance the same way Emery gave Saka Smith Rowe Martinelli Nelson Niles there chances something arteta has not been doing.

      1. TH14-TW14 says:

        “Nelson and Niles” got there breakthrough under Wenger. They were regulars in 17/18 Europa league campaign.

  6. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Many players have been ousted and overlooked by MA, there seems to be a few different relationship issues between the coach and some players.

    Guess who the common factor is?

  7. Havyn says:

    Nelson and Niles were given chances by Wenger first
    Check your facts

    Ozil disrupted the club before so was Guendozi

    We don’t need his bad attitude here

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Havyn you still haven’t answered my question bro, you said “No wonder his friend is Ozil” , what do you mean by that word or do you know ozil personally, and you said ozil disrupted the club before, how, I was one of those who wanted ozil gone but not because he’s a bad guy but because I believe he’s finished as top flight footballer but your words seems like you know him personally, so am asking, is their something bad about ozil that made you said Guendouzi shouldn’t have been friends with him.

    2. Reggie says:

      Havyn, not that i agree with you about bad attitude but where did good attitudes then get us this season in the league.

  8. Reggie says:

    Cant blame the kid if he is having a pop, which i dont think he is. Its just respect for a coach who respected him and Arteta didn’t seem to like Gouendouzi from the beginning.

  9. Dr Chris says:

    Emery has proved all the fake Arsenal administrators wrong. Arteta lacks human management skills, that is his major problem and you need experience to learn that. Human management is the most important aspect of management, apart from tactical proficiency, the success of any coach to a large extent depends on how you manage your players. Arsenal are about to make another stupid school boy mistake like what happened in the case of Doniel Mollen and Seg Gnabry. Arsenal want to throw away another good talent by letting Guindozi to go

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Dr Chris Some still believe Emery a coach that only missed top4 by 1point in his first season and also took us to our first European final in 15 years is ” the worst coach” in Arsenal history.

      1. SueP says:

        I see it the other way Lenohappy
        Considering the success Emery has had in the EL ( which is an incredible feat) why was he unable to motivate the Arsenal team in the final? Why did they choke and lose out on a top4 place? Did the possibility of playing CL football mean nothing to those players?

        1. ozziegunner says:

          SueP, one word “ATTITUDE”. These so called “professional footballers” spat their dummies and downed tools.

          1. Sue says:

            And look where we are now… 8th place!!

          2. SueP says:

            Exactly right ozziegunner
            Now why is it that Arsenal have seemingly cultivated this attitude over a number of years?

          3. Dan kit says:

            So every time a team loses it’s because the players down tools Ozzie ,I find that very strange to kee using that as an excuse

          4. SueP says:

            ….. and now that Arteta has claimed to have removed the troublemakers I expect to see a different Arsenal next season.
            Failure to see a marked change next season will end Arteta’s tenure. His learning curve is over from then

        2. siamois says:

          Imagine that having to motivate for professional footballers for an European final .

          1. SueP says:

            What other explanation can there be?

      2. Dan kit says:

        Missed out by 1 point ! Sounds pretty good when you say it like that .
        But That does not tell the whole story does it ,seeing we needed 1 point from the last 4 games ,now that sounds like a coach who messed things right up and now we are where are because of his incompetence .
        Also if you think getting to An EL final which is considered a cup which no team wants to be in and getting pummelled by Chelsea as an achievement then that’s on you ,I stand by he’s the worst coach in our history as what was said by our board when he was sacked (the hardest time in our clubs history )but Arteta is quickly catching him up ,but atleast Arteta actually won something here more than what can be said about Emery .

      3. Sue says:

        Lenohappy…You have to give Emery credit for what he has achieved. Even Ozil said he couldn’t coach. Ouch!
        Look who prevailed when, and I quote’our ‘2 worst managers’ faced each other!! Says a lot..

        1. Loose Cannon says:

          Very true, the common denominator is the bunch of aging useless overpaid sick notes who have no motivation or hunger for anything other than their pay cheques. Emery winning with Villareal has exposed the useless players who took to the pitch on that fateful nite at Baku, save Iwobi.
          For those harping on that 1 point in 4 games, who conceded the penalty- Emery or Xhaka? Who missed sitters- Emery or Auba?
          Emery did not fail Arsenal, Arsenal failed Emery. Period.
          I accept the fact that our senior players are no good at all. This summer will the Barca or Madrid or the Mancs come begging for our seniors? Time will tell

          1. ozziegunner says:

            LC, if Emery, crook knees and all, had taken that penalty against Spurs instead of Aubameyang, Arsenal would have made top 4.
            Jeremiah 5:21

          2. jon fox says:

            LC, though there are other factors which are relevant too, there is much truth in what you say. We on here are also guilty – myself included AND many of our players – of dissing and dismissing a fine manager with a proven CV (both prior and since) because he had trouble in speaking English understandably. It is notable that Bielsa does not suffer this same humiliation from LEEDS FANS.

            Does that tell you anything about how so many Gooners behave and of our too high expectations, when compared to Leeds fans? It does tell me a great deal actually and it is not something of which I am at all proud.

          3. ozziegunner says:

            jon, Unai Emery made a big mistake, in my opinion, by not using an interpreter like Bielsa or Ponchettino (when he first came to Southampton).
            The mockery that Emery received from many people, who are not really articulate or literate in their own first language, was and is a disgrace.

        2. jon fox says:

          Sue You have been a Gooner a long time. I don’t know how far your fan memory goes back but we have had several worse managers than both those names, even since 1962. Billy Wright was sacked in 1966 after we finished 14th. Neil, Howe and the later periodof Beretie Mee all did far worse than both UE and MA. So too did Don Howe! Even the later George Graham too!
          “Two worst managers” since AW would be nearer the mark, wouldnt you say?

          And if you study our clubs history as I do, you could say ALL managers pre Herbert Chapman were worse.

  10. Alicon says:

    He was just sending a congratulatory message and some people here think they are the ones who understands what a person says more than the person who said it, come on guys leave the guy alone and take your grudges elsewhere.

  11. jon fox says:

    Can you imagine if you were forced to spend an evening , socially, in the “ahem, delightful” company of £££Guendouzi!


    What a disgusting excuse of a human being this unmissed person is.

    He represents everything I find unacceptable and in the fantasy situation that he ever returned to wear our shirt(which he will not!!) I would not wish to support our club while he remained.
    If a young man at his age -and he is an adult(in law) not 9 years old – does not know AT HIS AGE how to behave around fellow humans, then he is truly a lost cause.

    We did the right and necessary thing in getting him out of our club and I, for one, applaud MA for acting speedily and decisively.

    1. Indian Gunner London says:

      Sorry Jon. I am in disagreement with you on this one and many other gooners.
      I think MG is a good young player and a better midfielder and has a real drive: more than all we have except for Partey.
      He needs to feel loved: So he needs an arm around the shoulder and punishment for wrong doings but still be a part of the team. The current cold shoulder/discliplining shown to MG and William Saliba is very disappointing.

      1. jon fox says:

        Then feel free to disagree, it is allowed. Why do you feel the need to say “sorry” for merely having your own opinion?

        Too meek, my friend; stand up proudly for whatever you believe and don’t concern yourself whether or not others agree. It is your opinion that matters to you and should only be yours, not theirs, that matters to you too!

        1. Bluedabadee says:

          Jon, Spot on about people having their own opinions.

  12. Rave says:

    I think people are being petty. There is also no dig at Arteta, I think instead people are underestimating what Unai Emery achieved. Arteta won a trophy on his first time out something very few managers can boast so why are we connecting unrelated dots. Let the young man give kudos to a manager that brought him to prominence without all this backlash.

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