The clearout begins – Guendouzi linked with Marseille deal

Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is close to completing transfer to Ligue 1 club Marseille, according to French news outlet Le10Sport.

The midfielder was shipped out on loan to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin last summer, after a falling out with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta regarding the player’s behavior.

The 22-year-old, who recently became a father, made 24 appearances for the German club, scoring two and assisting three times.

The French midfielder was hailed as a coup by Arsenal when the London club signed him from Ligue 2 outfit Lorient for a nominal £7m in 2018.

Under Emery, he was a regular fixture in the Arsenal team that reached the final of the Europa League and missed out on the top four by just a point.

As a result of his performances, his market value soared to €50 million at the end of 2019, even though the club were lying around mid-table.

Although the Frenchman is still valued at €20 million by Transfermarkt, he is likely to depart on a cut-price deal due to his contractual situation.

The former Lorient man, who has made 20 appearances for France’s U21 side, only has a year left on his deal.

With the Gunners unlikely to hand him a contract extension, parting of ways this summer appears most viable.

French club Marseille had been reportedly keeping an eye on him for several months. The deal is believed to be concluded within a few weeks.

Marseille are hoping to build a squad capable of reaching the Champions League after missing out on next year’s competition. They currently sit at fifth position, 17 points behind fourth placed Lyon.

Guendouzi is likely to be moved on in the upcoming shop window, even though he suffered a broken metatarsal on 7th May, in a game against Freiburg which ruled him out for the remainder of the current campaign.

Yash Bisht

Tags Guendouzi Marseille

18 Comments

  1. GunneRay says:

    Could have been a great player for us but it’s for the best. With a few more players leaving we should have more cash. I just hope Arsenal have already identified who will be on the radar instead of buying leftovers and ex Chelsea players. We’ve been too late in the market for years with dead-line day signings all too familiar. We need to get business done early this summer so we can prepare ready for the new season.

  2. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Big mistake letting this Boy go for cheap..
    One that’ll probably haunt us in the not so distant future..

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

    The big mistake won’t be the fact that we let him go, it will be that we didn’t sell him when his value was at it’s peak…there’s seemingly no end to the stupidity with this club

  4. ozziegunner says:

    The first thing Edu and Arteta need to do is maximise the productivity of what they have, before spending sparse transfer funds.
    Should Guendouzi be sold, this will indicate a failure on their part, particularly as TRVL states he isn’t sold near his peak value.

    1. siamois says:

      Very good point Ozzie especially when we don’t have money to spare take MG for the fee we will get for him now it might be worth exploring the possibility(clear the air talks with MA) to keep him he could definitely do a job for us as a squad member like you said the first thing the manager should do is evaluate the team see where we can save money players to keep or sell.. basics if you ask me.

  5. pires says:

    He’s a good player…..

  6. FoSulli says:

    shameful really that we loaned him out whilst loaning ceballos again, pretty stupid actually

  7. PJ-SA says:

    All I see us doing is

    1. Letting go players for free to free up wages
    2. Selling players at a cut price
    3. Being linked to over priced players that are over the hill

    Let’s not be so naive to believe we are “clearing the wage bill” for new signings. We are doing it to save money and that’s the end of it! We might sign one or 2 but who realistically wants to sign for us that’s actually good and isnt a mercenary?

  8. Sean M says:

    I wish you guys would find an alternate means of releasing your pent-up negativity instead of spreading it to the rest of us. This forum has become such a miasma.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Sorry mate…can you just give us a list of what we are allowed to comment and discuss? Thanks

      1. siamois says:

        😂

      2. Admin Pat says:

        I have actually been thinking about this, and I remembered that back in the AKB v AOB times when it was getting silly, I made a rule that the comments had to stick to the subject in the article – or get deleted.

        There’s nothing worse than a thread being hit by trolls highjacking it and doing comments like – “We don’t need to sell Guendouzi, we need to get rid of our useless coach #ARTETA OUT!”

        I am starting to delete quite a few of those…..

        1. jon fox says:

          Fair comment but that puts a responsibility on your site Ad PAT to only use articles that attract comment! Many of Patricks are hardly commented on at all and not surprising either. Most of HIS ARTICLES subjects are too boring and not worth ANY serious comment You do your part and then we will do ours. Deal?

    2. Mark says:

      couldnt agree more

  9. Davi says:

    When his value was high, nobody wanted to pay it, so what was his true value?

  10. jon fox says:

    I WILL BE DELIGHTED ONCE THIS ARROGANT VIPER IS NO MORE ON OUR BOOKS. Just not the sort of human being I wish to associate myself with as an Arsenal fan. I personally need to respect all players as humans and cannot do so with this “child”, who refuses to grow up.

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