Report – Benfica joins race for volatile Arsenal outcast

Benfica has become the latest team to show interest in Matteo Guendouzi as Arsenal looks to offload the midfielder.

The hot-headed Frenchman hasn’t played for the Gunners since Project Restart last year when he fell out with Mikel Arteta after a match against Brighton.

He was sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin last season and he had a mixed spell with the German side.

However, he did enough to attract the attention of Olympique Marseille who has been in talks with Arsenal over signing him.

Considering that he has been out of favour at Arsenal, the Ligue 1 side is looking to land him for a bargain fee.

But Arsenal wants to make good money from his sale and the Gunners are prepared to trigger an extension in his contract that would keep him at the Emirates until 2023.

While Marseille drags their feet over meeting Arsenal’s asking price, O Jogo reports that Benfica has become interested in signing him.

The report says the Portuguese side has been watching him since he earned a call up to the France national team in 2019.

They are now looking to sign him and want an initial loan agreement that would trigger an automatic purchase obligation next year.

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19 Comments

  1. RFrancis says:

    “volatile Arsenal outcast”. Depressing.

  2. 03 gooner says:

    With more clubs interested plus the one year extension option that should push his transfer fee up. Lokonga looks almost certain,addFranck kessie who would be perfect alongside partey in midfield. His defensive qualities add to the fact he scored 13 goals and 4 assists last season which is high for a DM. In the last year of his contract so shouldn’t cost more than £30m-bargain. A notch or two above bissouma imo

    1. CorporateMan says:

      Signing Kessie or Bissouma means 5 first team players(3 of them DMs) out for 5-6 weeks at the AFCON. Not an ideal situation, if you ask me.
      By the time they come back in February, our season is probably ended – in shambles once again.
      No other top PL team has more than 3 players involved in the AFCON

      1. 03 gooner says:

        If we sign Ben white he can play dm, lokonga, chambers and willock should be enough cover

  3. jon fox says:

    So, according to the headline, but notably absent from the actual article itself (and why am I not surprised at that !!!) there is now a “race” of other clubs who are after Guendouzi.

    The sheer inaccuracy and untruths so regularly trotted out in these unrepresentative headlines are annoying to someone such as I, who constantly seeks reality and truth.

  4. Tom k says:

    Don’t mention colour got nothing to do with it

  5. ja says:

    Pls don’t bring colour a skin here

  6. Highbury Hero says:

    I don’t see anything about Willock in the article. And if you want to speak about “colours” Bukayo Saka is currently our most prized asset and he has been voted club player of the season by a huge margin. Fans didn’t vote for ESR did they?

    And the great Thierry, Arsenal greatest player ever with a statue at the Stadium is not white.

  7. ClassyGunner says:

    The same reason why Martinelli does not get minutes and Saliba is on loan. The rogue and novice manager is the answer.

  8. Goonster says:

    @Akan
    What an insecure melt you are my friend.
    And pure fallacious reasoning on top of it all.
    🤦‍♂️

  9. PJ-SA says:

    Doubt we’ll get a lot for him. MA has openly slated him again and again.

    I’ve actually never seen a manager that devalues players as much as MA does. He ousts players, is very public with it…then wants to ask for a high fee when selling. Logic!

    1. SueP says:

      I obviously didn’t pay enough attention to reports about Arteta slating Guendouzi whilst he was in Germany. If he was that good then clubs would be clamouring for his services after his spell there, but of course, he was let down by MA all along.

      1. PJ-SA says:

        He’s not that good, no-one said he was that good. I’m saying instead of talking about his disciplinary issues rather just sell him ASAP before his relatively average value drops even further.

        Pretty simple.

        1. SueP says:

          It helps me if you keep it simple 😊

  10. gunnerforlife says:

    As per latest reports from goal, Xhaka is going nowhere as Roma are put off for reasons known best to them and are now pursuing Douglas Louis of Villa. So Xhaka seems to be staying, another food for thought…

  11. Sean Williams says:

    I am surprised that Matteo Guendouzi has become the Arsenal scapegoat now that Ozil has gone. I rate him better than our present midfield players. Sadly Arteta seems to scapegoat certain players and Ozil, Guendouzi, and maybe William Saliba (I hope not) are the unredeemable. I sincerely hope that Guendouzi does not become another ‘Gnabry’.

  12. Indian Gunner London says:

    Agree with you Sean Williams. I have said this before. I want the rough diamond like MG to stay and be given extensive coaching.

    Not long ago Rooney was called indisciplined but SAF took care of that with his management skills.

    1. ClassyGunner says:

      Exactly. And Arsene Wenger did the same with Viera, RVP

  13. jon fox says:

    Akan, I am amazed that your racist comment was allowed to stay by the Admin.
    SHAME ON YOU FOR BRINGING SKIN COLOUR INTO DEBATE.
    Shame on your complete lack of intellect in choosing to do so too!

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