Was Matteo Guendouzi left out of Newcastle game for disciplinary reasons? Mikel Arteta answers the question

Matteo Guendouzi has been rumoured to have had a bust-up with Mikel Arteta.

The media have been in overdrive this week with claims that Matteo Guendouzi having a massive falling out with Mikel Arteta and that very same media were quick to ask the Spaniard about why the young French midfielder was left out of the squad for the Newcastle United game.

Asked about Gunedouzi’s absence, Arteta said the following as per Arsenal.com,

“I just make my team selection and the squad is selected in regards to how they play, how they train and how they behave. Every week it will be different. One week it will be on reason, another week it will be another reason”

Then Arteta was aksed if dropping Guendouzi was a disciplinary measure, he responded,

“It was about the way we train, the way we play, the way we live. I want the best players for the game and I select them in relation to what I see on a daily basis”

In better words, Arteta neither confirmed or denied there was a bust-up or that he was left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons and that is exactly how it should be.

The truth is that no one has a clue what really happened, it is not like there is any video evidence as there was when Mario Ballotelli and Roberto Mancini came to blows on the Man City training pitch.

The chances are that something has happened but as it stands today there is no evidence one way or the another.

8 Comments

  1. Reggie says:

    I dont think there was a murder, so whatever it was will be sorted in house and im sure everything will be hunky dory.

  2. Shakir says:

    MA is very clever in handling situations like these.Anyway today the the players will be rotated so guendouzi have a chance to play but to be quite honest i prefer ceballos over him.Xhaka must start.And willock will be the 10.The front 3 is hard to guess.

    This game is not going to be easy so is the atmosphere.Papa needs to start today✌.

    OT
    Spurs lost
    Liverpool lost
    This week has started very well 😂

      1. Shakir says:

        And we are the only unbeaten team in 2020 across the europe’s top 5 leagues.How bout that!!!

        1. Sue says:

          🥳 Can’t be bad, Shakir!!

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    MA has handled the situation very well and only he knows whether Guendouzi will start today. If the issues are solved than Guendouzi might start with Xhaka and Ceballos/Willock. Up front we could have Pepe/Laca/Martinelli. Pablo Mari can start in the defence and so also Kola in the LB position. Its a important game and hopefully we win. Up the Gunners!

  4. AUBA_14 says:

    Please stop making a thing out of this and move on?

  5. SAGooner says:

    Thank you, Auba_14, this is exactly my point. Maybe I grew up in an age where everybody did not have to know everything about everybody else, but in this paparazzi age, changing your toothpaste is news. Arteta has a bigger squad at his disposal than can play or be on the bench at any time. MY question now is whether we are going to have such reports after every game? That reallly would be nauseating.

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