The real reason Arsenal’s youngsters go wrong, not just Guendouzi

The Curious case of Matteo Guendouzi and the poor history of our youngsters. by Eddie Hoyte

We Kept massive error-prone Xhaka for four years, awarded a new contract to error maestro David Luiz, but planning on let our youngest brightest midfielder go because of attitude problem.

I mean not everyone can be royalty. You can’t really expect every young player to be perfect. Matteo has a lot ahead of him, he’s the only aggressive, bull headed player we have who doesn’t take shit, while also being the most gentlest player if he chooses to be, (As he showed by through his tears when Danny Welbeck got that horrific injury in the Europa league, and how much emotional he gets and hurts whenever a player of ours is badly injured on the field). He’s the only player who refuses to be bullied most of the times, a very passionate player who wears his heart by the badge.

The Brighton incident, the loss only made it worse for him and Leno’s injury. This is the one kid that shows pain and hurt whenever we lose games, one of the few who easily gets broken on the pitch. Yes, his hothead attitude is a cause for alarm, but I believe Arteta should be able to mould the boy? There’s massive potential there, why don’t you mould him to yours?

We really don’t know what’s with Arteta and Guendouzi, just like we have no idea what happened between Arteta and Martinelli that got him frozen out of the team pre-Covid era. I trust Arteta, but he needs to sort things with these kids, he needs to handle these issues well. He stopped Xhaka from leaving and is getting the best out of him isn’t he? Why’s Guendouzi any different?

We all knew this kid had greatness in him, sadly we live in a world where fans would turn their back on a promising kid because of his youthful exuberance, and yet accept crazy, error-prone, disastrous players for years. I don’t condone his attitude, but that hothead attitude can be channelled to fuel something better and massive!

I recall two years ago while we were singing his praises, I did mention how he’d definitely fail to improve if he keeps playing alongside our dross of a midfield. Place an eaglet in the midst of hens, and that eaglet will grow up behaving and believing it’s a hen. The boy regressed, instead of improving, he’s been stagnant. No leader of a midfielder to learn from.

Upfront there’s no one to write home about except PEA who delivers the numbers in goals. Behind him there’s no defender to write home about, no one to learn from.

Basically, we have a lot of good kids coming through, we’ve had a lot in the past. The pattern all these years, and it’s gotten worse. The pattern is a kid with lots of potential being pushed up and delivers promising performances in their first year, then slowly the potential we all saw dies off. We keep asking what happened and why? Perhaps these kids need better players to play with and mingle with?

There’s been a long stint of average performances from the club both on and off the pitch.
Surely this stems out from the players and leaders?

Where is the once promising Reiss Nelson that Wenger promoted?

Where is the Bellerin we all knew in his first year?

So much is being said about Ismael Bennacer for the past months, there are solid reasons to believe he’d be a poor struggling player if he was still at the club.

Guendouzi has gotten a lot more stubborn and rebellious now, but really let’s remind ourselves a lot of us constantly talked about how the weak attitude ofthe senior players would rub off on the young ones.

There’s been a pattern going on for years now killing our youngest and brightest potentials off.
Would Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour perform constantly good if they were at Arsenal?

Saka and Martinelli are both doing it now, and it wasn’t surprising when I saw the number of fans who insisted we needed to give these kids time before we sing their praises, or they needed to be judged in their second and third years.

I’ve been thinking and wondering if, three years from now, will Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe and Eddie move up top? Or rather end up as another set of washed-up potential talents that never fulfilled? Open your eyes guys, there’s a pattern going on with our kids. It’s been going on for years.

Now I know and I admit these kids are responsible for their own growth, but each and every kid needs a parent or guardian to help their growth, don’t they? Bar the few geniuses, the Messi and Ronaldos, the Mbappe and Sancho.

Ask yourselves, would it help if Guendouzi and the rest of the kids played alongside Modric, Xavi, the Michael Ballacks of the past, the Tomas Rosickys, the Santi Cazorlas in the past? Having very good and reliable senior players is what this football club really need. It doesn’t make us just compete alone, it spreads the hunger, the drive and the will to evolve to the kids.

We all knew what Cazorla made Coquelin be. We all knew how the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey were when we had Rosicky, Fabregas and others around.

Open your eyes, this club won’t only turn average if the board refuses to overturn and revamp the squad.
This club would produce failed youngsters, only a few will leave to go and be better. A lot will never fulfil their potential.

I started out writing this as a comment on Dan’s article in Guendouzi, I wanted to write about Guendouzi but here I am, letting myself put out every other disturbing facts about the kids in our football club.

The death of the greatness this football club had is killing off the growth of the academy. It’s been doing so for years, and like it or not, the inability to spend and bring in world class players is having an effect on our brightest kids.

It all starts from the board.

Eddie Hoyte

16 Comments

  1. Alfred Umaka says:

    One of the greatest challenges Managers and Couches have is seem to emphasize their position as the BOSS. No nonsense and to deal with players who they see at obstinate or swollen headed. Good players often have that trait. Coaches need to know how to handle it. You don’t want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. The team as a whole loses. The Manager retains his pride the player is technical humbled by denying him play time. How can Manager’s rise above this behavioural tendency? I would choose Achilles even if he has some attitude.

  2. Adajim says:

    It surprised me Eddie, that what you condemn from the start of this article is what you suggested as the solution for the problem.
    I was disappointed as the Luiz contract was announced but after thinking over the whole matter I deduced that it’s possibly because of the same thing you complain about that Luiz was retained. We are might think the likes of Luiz and Ozil are not good leaders for the kids growing but this were once good players with experience in different countries and at international level, if the kids are humbled enough , not considering the present form of those old guys, there are a lot to learn from them. Arteta work with lots of kids at city and if he could not get the best out of the lots we have presently, it’s baffling, I understand Guendozi is emotional, however, he is an adult and at 21 he has to be humble to learn, he has once been cautioned by MA over the same discipline issues that he repeated recently, that’s is twice in less than 6mont?!
    I really condemn his gesture especially at the time (FT), if he had confronted Maupay at the time of the event, during the match, I would have applauded it, but waiting till every1 of you had performed woefully, trying to claim some credits from the fans in order to be exempted from blame or rather transferring your frustration at your incapability at your jobs, that is totally unacceptable.
    My question to him is, would he had done same thing had arsenal won the match? Am sure the answer is CAPITAL NO

    1. DiDi says:

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    2. Eddie says:

      “We are might think the likes of Luiz and Ozil are not good leaders for the kids growing but this were once good players with experience in different countries and at international level, if the kids are humbled enough , not considering the present form of those old guys, there are a lot to learn from them”

      Really? Even though you admitted they were once good players, the only reZon they’re there is because of the experience and different leagues knowledge? We pay them for just that?
      I’ll tell you what, how about having Pires, Lehman, Ian Wright, Gilberto Silva all train with them constantly and advice them since it’s the experience we’re looking for here. How about that? Ozil is any winner bigger than Gilberto? Ian Wright and the others???

      “My question to him is, would he had done same thing had arsenal won the match? Am sure the answer is CAPITAL NO”
      Alright he did, he did anyway, if we had won the game would it be a discussion that he did something like that? I’m sure the answer is CAPITAL NO too

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Eddie, one of the recurring failures of Arsenal, even back when Arsene Wenger was manager, was the complete shunning of past greats, except for Pat Rice and Steve Bould as assistant coaches.
        How much of a help would it.be to have people like Ian Wright, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Dennis Bergkamp, Liam Brady and other past greats not working at other clubs, mentoring the young and not so young players. These players have played at the top level with Arsenal and know what is required to get there and stay there.
        Then again I quote a story of when the great Peter Beardsley was a kit man for the England U18 side, and players not good enough to lace his boots, didn’t even know his name or playing record.
        Young players must be prepared to seek and accept advice.

    3. Stephen says:

      Guendozie was the only bright light at Brighton. The spark of creativity in the game began from him-not his primary assignment. He was arguably our best player of the night. Can we pardon him for getting very emotional? If teams like Barcelona and Dortmund have a player of his qualities, they’ll sing his praises and that’d beef up his value. We would be talking, say 45Million.

      But what do we do? Critique his every game and behavior and punish with the bench. Would I want to leave if I was in his shoes? If have half his talents, I would leave at first opportunity. Mind you reports have it as at today that Barca, Man U and Dortmund are monitoring his situation already!

      That young man reminds me a certain Thiago Alcantara at Barca!

  3. Hyelahenyi says:

    Well said

  4. robert mugabe says:

    If Guendozi fails to learn, it means that the manager is also failing completely to mould or tame him. Look at Luis suarez, Rooney were tamed and delivered very well. It is up to the manager to use techniques of how he wants him to behave.

    1. RSH says:

      Do we think Guendouzi has the level of potential as those players? Personally I don’t think he has even half their talent. You have to actually be good and produce good performances for your bad attitude to be worth putting up with

  5. Robert Baker says:

    Couldn’t have been said better. Resigning David Luiz and keeping Cedric soars is a statement of intent from this club, the owner should be able to recognize here bargains to have in this window. There players available for half there normal price, he shohould grab this chance to get real quility players singed. All he has to do is invest in Arsenal this window.. Get rid of all the nothing player and go for players like upermencarno, party, etc this is the window to go for it. These prices will never be the same again. If he doesn’t want to invest, do what man u are doing and get a loan for £250.mil and buy real too players that can show the youngsters how to be great players and great men. Get rid of the older player the think taking gas is a grown up way to behave. We can’t let these real talented young player leave because they get the hump when we lose. Ffs Arsenal, fix it.

  6. Daniel says:

    We should not focus on indiscipline players, they cost the team alot. There is no time to waste other teams have surpassed us trying to mould players who can’t learn from their several mistakes, we need to buy experienced players and just have 1 to 2 academy players on bench

  7. emeka Frederick. says:

    A manager is primarily a manage to each member of a team. Call them one on one. Make them see then future and where they are right now and the things and attitude or character that will mar the future or make it unrealizable. Arsenal ought to have a good psychologist that can chat with our young players from time to time. Arteta can always go for lunch with Guendozi and sort out issues.

  8. Stephen says:

    Guendozie was the only bright light at Brighton. The spark of creativity in the game began from him-not his primary assignment. He was arguably our best player of the night. Can we pardon him for getting very emotional? If teams like Barcelona and Dortmund have a player of his qualities, they’ll sing his praises and that’d beef up his value. We would be talking, say 45Million.

    But what do we do? Critique his every game and behavior and punish with the bench. Would I want to leave if I was in his shoes? If have half his talents, I would leave at first opportunity. Mind you reports have it as at today that Barca, Man U and Dortmund are monitoring his situation already!

    That young man reminds me a certain Thiago Alcantara at Barca!

  9. Frank Brady says:

    Guendouzi has character and personality, something this team sorely lacks. He has shown, at times, that he has some talent. At 21 he is still a very young man, time for Management to mold him into a better player.

  10. David Rusa says:

    It is very irresponsible to discard a promising young man of 21 years simpy because of few isolated acts of indiscipline. He should instead be helped to overcome his weaknesses. Guendouzi has been a good performer since he joined our club. He is the future of the club. Our club is in very good hands with talented youngsters such as Pablo Mari, William Saliba, Rob Holding, Tierney, Saka, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Willock, Maitland Niles, Martinelli and some few in the academy. If these are well nurtured they could save the club millions of money in the future. These are the players who will win trophies for Arsenal and return it to the top for a long time. What is even more interesting is that a good number of these are English and mayvalso help England. The onus is on the coach to turn these youngsters into world beaters.

  11. Lisa says:

    on reports over Guendouzi possibly leaving the club…
    As I said yesterday in the press conference, whatever internal [issues] we have we will deal with them privately. I’m never going to make any of that public.

    on whether he thinks Guendouzi will be an Arsenal player next season…
    All the players that are here, I’m counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat they are more than welcome. That’s always my mindset – I’m here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively, and that is my job.

    Oh yeah!
    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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