‘Not a manager to fall out with’ – Arsenal player’s future in doubt

Charles Watts has claimed that it is ‘very difficult’ to imagine Matteo Guendouzi returning to play for Arsenal next season.

The France Under-21 international joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan after falling out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, and has been enjoying a regular run of first-team minutes in the Bundesliga.

Some certainly believe that he would be an upgrade on certain players within our current squad and would like him to come back into contention next season, but Arsenal correspondent Watts doesn’t believe he will be able to change the mind of our current boss.

Watts told his YouTube channel: “My personal opinion on this, I still think it’s very, very difficult to see a future for Guendouzi at Arsenal. He’s fallen out with Mikel Arteta – Arteta is not a manager to fall out with.

“He’s only got a year left on his contract, you would think it’s very unlikely he’s going to sign a new contract given what’s gone on. Arsenal need to get money in, in the summer to reinvest in the squad. I think they’ll be looking to move Matteo on if they can do, so I think it’s very, very unlikely [he’ll get a new deal].”

Guendouzi’s attitude came under question more than once in Arteta’s first six months in charge, before he was exiled from the first-team, but when you consider that he is still only 21 years-old, you could be forgiven for believing that he may have just needed some time to mature.

The future of the player could well be down to him. He may need to sound out the manager personally to put their differences aside, and use his time to convince Arteta that he can have a positive input on the team on and off the pitch, but it remains to be seen whether the Spaniard is willing to forgive and forget.

Does Guendouzi deserve another chance?



  1. Matteo Guendouzi is a talented young player with a little attitude problem and someone I know.
    Who is Charles Watts though?

    1. Declan, Charles Watts is Arsenal correspondent with “Goal”.
      At only 21 Guendouzi should be given a second chance; however it is up to the player to mend fences with the Manager.

  2. Yap i think he needs asecond chance,he shd apologise to the manager as well as his teammates .u never know he can turn into amid field beast in future.

  3. Everyone does… If he is fully committed to our cause and no longer recalcitrant, then let him play. It is very strange that Mikel was unable to manage him effectively knowing the kind of Manager he is. The child is still 21 and can give us a good decade if managed well.

  4. I think otherwise, I think his situation is very sensitive and arsenal must be careful.
    He might claim to be humble and apologized to the manager so he could play and get himself a good deal for free transfer by summer 2022. Arsenal should either sell this summer or get him to sign a new deal before giving his another chance, if the gaffer still want him around. Else, let him go, we should get at least 20million from his sale

  5. We are behaving as if we’ve got tons of money to spend like Chelsea and City. It is in the interest of the club, to re-integrate the player back into the squad when his loan spell is competed. If we continue to give the impression that he is surplus to requirement, we are, in effect, deflating his market value. Besides, our manager still needs to prove that he is able to develop and manage our young players – they are the future of the club.

  6. Get rid ! Big ego of himself hardly set the world alight .

    Are other youngsters have stepped up .
    Sell put money in kitty to reinvest this summer .

  7. He is a warrior and can be a leader and is till very young and has time to grow up. We do need this kind of player in the team if he rectifies his attitude and gets his head down.

    Is he any worse than Xhaka in MF?

    I would give him a second, third or fourth chance, whatever, number it is.

  8. “Does Guendouzi deserve another chance” is an irrelevant question, since what actually MATTERS is that he will not be getting another chance and thank God for that fact!
    No realist who has watched how MA treats ill disciplined players can seriously doubt that this foolish and immature young man will not be an Arsenal player come next season. No way on Gods earth. And correctly so!

  9. The Hertha manager has described him as rebellious and going through puberty. Compare him to mature and hardworking players like Saka and ESR who are both much younger and figure who is best for arsenal.

  10. For me it’s not about how good he may become as a player, it’s whether he will ever mature as a player, which I hoped would happen, but he is apparently no better at HB. He is not only immature, arrogant, rude and disrespectful, he is potentially hugely disruptive to a squad we are trying to mould into a disciplined, tight group. Ship out Mustafi, Kolasinac and Ozil for being troublemakers and then take back an unrepentant, very unpopular Guendouzi? I don’t think so…

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